REVIEW: The Greatest Play In The History Of The World,Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe ✭✭✭✭

Greatest Play In The History Of The World

Mark Ludmon reviews The Greatest Play in the History of the World…. starring Julie Hesmondhalgh at Traverse Theatre The Greatest Play in the History of the World… Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Four stars Book Now Ian Kershaw’s new play may not be the greatest ever in the history of the world but it may well have the biggest heart. In a masterful piece of storytelling, Julie Hesmondhalgh presents a modern tale that mixes romance with science fiction, set on an average northern street called Preston Road. It tells of a lonely, directionless 31-year-old, Tom, who wakes up at 4.40 one morning to find the world is frozen in time and in darkness apart from glimmers of light from the houses opposite. As the narrative builds, we meet the only other people who are up and about: an equally lonely 26-year-old woman and an elderly couple. Putting this all in context … Read more

Regional UK Theatre looking forward 2018

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Mark Ludmon examines the year ahead for regional theatre in 2018. Bolton girl Maxine Peake has made her mark on TV and the London stage but she returns to her roots with her second play, Queens of the Coal Age. Based on the true story of four women in Lancashire during the miners’ strike in the 1980s, it will be at the Royal Exchange in Manchester from 28 June to 21 July. Also at the Royal Exchange, Maxine Peake will star in Sarah Frankcom’s new production of Beckett’s Happy Days from 25 May to 23 June. Other highlights coming up at the Royal Exchange include Julie Hesmondhalgh in Kendall Feaver’s new play The Almighty Sometimes and April De Angelis’s new adaptation of Frankenstein. A new production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard directed by Michael Boyd, the former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, will come to the Royal Exchange … Read more

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