People, Places and Things at Wyndham's Theatre tickets
People, Places and Things at Wyndham's Theatre tickets

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The National Theatre’s recent collaboration with Headlong transfered 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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: 14 years+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 mins including interval
Opened: 15 Mar 2016
Press night: 23 Mar 2016
Booking from: 18 Jun 2016
Booking until: 18 Jun 2016

Location and map

Wyndham's Theatre
Charing Cross Rd
London, WC2H 0DA

65 Reviews Add review

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

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 3 helpful votes

This show was incredible. I was concerned that the show may be a little over hyped but it really wasn't. The whole idea of the show... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 7 helpful votes

All accolades for this show are thoroughly deserved. A masterclass in acting from Denise Gough, who is supported by a fantastic ensemble... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 145 reviews, 6 helpful votes

If I could give this show ten stars, I would. It was my favourite show of 2016 and every aspect was perfect - the script was powerful... More

ruthc17 5"8, 51 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Astonishing show. Denise Gough deserved that best actress award without a doubt! Very sensitively handled subject matter, with interesting... More

marebert 5' 1", 54 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A brilliant show. A wonderfully simple set that amazes in its use! The acting is superb and Emma is fantastic - a demanding role but... More

paulfootie 6'3", 96 reviews, 3 helpful votes

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

doritxuuu 158cm, 203 reviews, 6 helpful votes

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

emmatranter 164cm, 25 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Amazing show, provocative and thoughtful. Denise, the actress who plays the main character, is extremely compelling and believable.... More

potterton48 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes