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People, Places and Things Tickets

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.

Performance dates: 18 Jun 2016 - 18 Jun 2016

Running time: 2 hours 20 mins including interval

Age recommendation: 14 years+

Special notice: 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.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: Even though the Wyndham’s is a relatively small theatre, the Balcony and Grand Circle can feel quite far away from the stage as the raking is steep. In this tall and narrow theatre, the Royal Circle and Stalls offer the best views but seats in the middle of each section will ensure a good perspective for this stunning Headlong production.

Latest Audience Reviews

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

RichardBayton Top 200 reviewer31 May 2017

The show 'People, Places & Things' was INCREDIBLE!! I went to see it not knowing anything about it other than it was being claimed as a 'MUST-SEE' production. The main actress in the show was rarely off stage and put her all into the entire show. It was a show about addiction and at times was very moving and disturbing, but in a completely entrancing way. A definite must see if it ever goes on tour, I'll be first in line again!

RichardBayton Top 200 reviewer31 May 2017

Dark twisted and this made a star of Gough.

barrythompson1 Top 200 reviewer11 Mar 2018

Absolutely incredible! Densie Gough is amazing to watch.

angelahorton 03 Mar 2018
katelight 09 Jul 2017

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

fifilou Top 100 reviewer23 Mar 2017

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 intrigued me and I thought the staging, lighting, props and music just helped excel the show to another level. The performance by all where outstanding and I would have loved to have seen the show from the on stage seating up close!

fifilou Top 100 reviewer23 Mar 2017

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

ruthc17 15 Mar 2017

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 and emotive, the acting superb and the staging inventive and unique. I have never seen anything like "People, Places and Things" before and it blew me away. I'm so glad I caught it.

ruthc17 15 Mar 2017
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