THE GREATEST PLAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD… – A Mumbler Review
York Mumbler Holly and her partner ventured out this half term for a date night to see ‘THE GREATEST PLAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD…’ at York Theatre Royal. Find out what they thought about it, plus lots of other useful information in their review.
From the 17th of May 2021 theatres, cinema’s and indoor dining re-opened! So when we were invited to come back and watch an award winning play we jumped at the chance to go on a date night to enjoy dining out and a trip to the theatre! As it was half term the children would enjoy a sleepover with the grandparents while we got dressed up and headed into York.
After a quick bite to eat we arrived at the theatre in plenty of time and queued up to check in with the NHS track & trace, have our tickets checked and temperature taken. Hand sanitiser was available and there were toilets for use. It was a very smooth operation and before we knew it we were up on the first floor bar enjoying some pre-show drinks. Much to our delight the bar was well stocked with a selection of locally made beverages. If you want to take your drink in to enjoy whilst watching the show simply ask them to put it in a plastic cup for you. With social distancing in place it meant that people were seated in their bubbles with plenty of space between groups.
THE GREATEST PLAY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD… is a one woman show, starring BAFTA -nominated Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street, Broadchurch). The stage was set with two extremely tall shelving units with mysterious boxes dotted on every shelf. Light bulbs dangled down from the ceiling and the stage and back wall were covered in a slightly sparkly, blue carpet.
Julie tells a story of a man who wakes in the middle of the night to discover that the world has stopped. Through the crack in his bedroom curtains he can see no signs of life at all…other than a light in the house opposite where a woman in an over-sized Bowie T-shirt stands, looking back at him.
Inside the mysterious boxes were pairs of shoes, used to represent the characters in the story, making an appearance every time their character featured. This was a really clever way to introduce the ‘cast’ and gave you a sense of what the owners of the shoes might be like. We won’t give any more away about the story, we thoroughly enjoyed the show and were captivated by Julie’s storytelling and humour throughout. This is a modern love story which is ideal to enjoy together, we went for some post show cocktails afterwards to chat further about the play. It has been a great opportunity to re-connect and do something together we both really enjoy and has really given us back the theatre bug!
York Theatre Royal is currently running a series of plays as part of ‘The Love Season’. So why not check out what’s on offer, there are shows running till the end of July so plenty of time to go on a date night or take the kids along to support the theatre.
The Stage Edinburgh Award Winner and 2018 Fringe sell-out show.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Face masks must be worn whilst in the building and during the show.
Where possible please use e-tickets by selecting print at home delivery method.
Max. 6 tickets per booking. Attendees should sit in groups of six or less in accordance with the latest government guidelines.
Seats in the auditorium are spaced in bubbles in order to maintain social distancing between groups.
They will send you an email before your visit to ensure you have all the information you need ahead of your visit.
Toilet facilities were available inside the building.
Show dates & times
The show is available from Wednesday 02 June – Saturday 05 June, with showings at 3pm and 8pm.