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Trafalgar Theatre

Duncan Macmillan’s intoxicating play returns to London, starring Olivier Award winner Denise Gough as an actor struggling with addiction.

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Almost 10 years since its 5-star premiere at the National Theatre, Duncan Macmillan’s hit play People Places and Things returns to London for a second, strictly limited, West End season. Denise Gough reprises her “ingenious” (The New York Times) performance as an actor who enters rehab after her life spins out of control in this “heady, superb and intoxicating” (What’s On Stage) drama at Trafalgar Theatre. It is one of the biggest stage events of the year with a breathtaking central performance, so book early to not miss out.

About People Place and Things

Emma was living life to the full, until she wasn’t. Now she’s in rehab, and the first step to recovery is admitting she has a problem. But what if the problem isn’t with Emma, but with everything else around her? When intoxication feels like the only way to survive in the modern world, is sobriety an option?

Duncan Macmillan (Lungs; 1984) and director Jeremy Herrin’s (Best of Enemies) People, Places and Things is one of the most acclaimed plays of the 21st century. It debuted at the National Theatre in 2015 and swiftly transferred for its first West End season. A run in New York and a UK tour followed, and now it is audiences’ second chance to catch this vivid tale of acting, addiction and the blurred lines of performance in London.

Denise Gough in People Places and Things

Denise Gough won an Olivier Award for her performance as Emma in this fierce and compelling portrait of addiction, with Time Out boldly declaring her performance, “the best since Mark Rylance’s in Jerusalem”. Gough has since appeared in Star Wars spin-off Andor and the National Theatre’s huge revival of Angels in America, but it is her fearless turn in Macmillan’s play that marks her as one of the greatest modern actresses to see on stage.

Don’t Miss People Places and Things Tickets at Trafalgar Theatre

This is a rare second chance to see Denise Gough’s stunning, star-making role in a play that wowed theatregoers on both sides of the Atlantic. Book your tickets now for People Places and Things in its triumphant return to London.

Performance dates:
21 Jun 2024 - 10 Aug 2024
Running time:
2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+. See Audience Notes for content warnings.
Audience Notes:
This production features strong language and themes of substance abuse & addiction. Strobe lighting effects are used.

People, Places and Things Reviews

58 Reviews
  • 5 Stars67%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Stars2%

User Reviews


Having seen this back in 2015 at the National Theatre, I knew a repeat visit was in order when it announced a short West End run as it was my favourite play of that particular year. Denise Gough reprises her Olivier award winning role in 'People, Pl Read more

Performance date: 30 May 2024

People, Places and Things - This was always going to be a difficult watch given my own experience with addiction, and while I knew some of the experiences (like and while I knew some of the experiences (like of NA) would be altered for dramatic effec Read more

Performance date: 18 June 2024

The show was really intense, and I enjoyed the writing immensely.

Performance date: 05 June 2024

Show Times

How Long is People, Places and Things?
People, Places and Things running time is 2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.
Matinee Shows
Performances start at 2.30pm and finish at 4.50pm.
Evening Shows
Performances start at 7.30pm and finish at 9.50pm.
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