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People, Places and Things Tickets

Headlong and The National Theatre joined forces in this exhilarating new play by Duncan Macmillan. Denise Gough stars in the career defining role of Emma, an actress whose addiction causes her life to spiral out of control.

The National Theatre’s recent collaboration with Headlong transferred to the West End following a critically acclaimed run at the Dorfman Theatre. People, Places and Things documents the nightmarish descent of an actress who finds intoxication the only relief from the chaos of the modern world.

Denise Gough starred as Emma, whose life is turned upside down after she breaks down during a production of The Seagull. Her astonishing performance took us through Emma’s struggle with addiction and frustration in rehab. Drawing on the parallels between acting and rehabilitation, Duncan Macmillan’s play becomes an exploration of identity and how an addict can cope in the outside world.

Gough’s fearlessly bold portrayal of the struggling actress comes highly praised by critics and audiences. Winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Newcomer in 2012, she had previously appeared in Desire Under the Elms, As You Like It and The Duchess of Malfi in the inaugural performance at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

This exhilarating play from Macmillan was hot-on-the-heels of his success on the West End with the adaptation of Orwell’s 1984 with Robert Icke at the Playhouse Theatre. Jeremy Herrin directed, following his world premiere of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bringing Up the Bodies which later transferred from the Royal Shakespeare Company to the West End and Broadway. As artistic director of Headlong, he brings the company’s trademark of risk-taking and provocation to all of his work for the stage.

Sorry this show closed 18 June 2016, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
18 Jun 2016 - 18 Jun 2016
Running time:
2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
14 years+
Audience Notes:
Fans of thought-provoking, well-crafted theatre will love Macmillan’s play and its stylish direction by Jeremy Herrin. Following the excellent reviews for her performances as Emma, this opportunity to see Denise Gough should not be missed.

Latest Audience Reviews

A brilliant show. A wonderfully simple set that amazes in its use! The acting is superb and Emma... More

This show was incredible. I was concerned that the show may be a little over hyped but it really... More

Powerful performance with amazing acting and staging. Would highly recommend seeing it before it... More

Two words - Denise Gough. It's without doubt one of the most powerful performances I have seen on... More

The show 'People, Places & Things' was INCREDIBLE!! I went to see it not knowing anything about i... More

If I could give this show ten stars, I would. It was my favourite show of 2016 and every aspect w... More

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