Duncan Macmillan’s intoxicating new play, People, Places & Things has become the ‘must-see show’ in London’s West End this spring. This acclaimed production has been seen by over 30,000 people to date both during its run at the National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre and now at its home at the Wyndham’s Theatre on Charing Cross Road. People, Places & Things is in its final seven weeks, and will end its run on 18 June 2016.
Denise Gough plays the central character of Emma, an actress whose life has spun recklessly out of control because of her addiction to drink and drugs. Gough’s raw and heart-breaking performance in People, Places & Things has been unanimously acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, earning her the 2016 Olivier Award and the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actress.
Directed by Jeremy Herrin, People, Places & Things is a collaboration between the National Theatre and Headlong that has enjoyed further popular acclaim since opening in the West End and has welcomed an array of famous faces from stage, screen and television to its audience including Imelda Staunton, Beverley Knight, Matt Smith, Lily James, Billy Zane, Harvey Keitel, Beth Orton, Florence Welch, Sir Ian McKellen, Jude Law, Adam Driver, Roger Allam, Alun Armstrong, Andrew Scott, David Baddiel, Frank Skinner, Dominic West, Jamie Cullum, Sophie Dahl, Kit Harington, Russell Tovey, Rosamund Pike, Hugh Jackman and Gillian Anderson.
The cast of People, Places & Things also includes: Jacob James Beswick, Nari Blair-Mangat, Alistair Cope, Jacqui Dubois, Charlotte Gascoyne, Sally George, Kevin McMonagle, Nathaniel Martello-White, Barbara Marten, David Rubin and Laura Woodward.
Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing.When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever
The set is designed by Bunny Christie, the Olivier and Tony Award winner of the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Her innovative set design at the Wyndham’s Theatre has special on-stage seating which has brought the intimacy of the Dorfman Theatre to the West End. Costumes are by Christina Cunningham, lighting by James Farncombe, video by Andrzej Goulding and music is composed by Matthew Herbert with Olivier award-winning sound design by Tom Gibbons..
Duncan Macmillan’s plays include Every Brilliant Thing (Paines Plough/Pentabus, Edinburgh, UK tour & New York), George Orwell’s 1984 (adapted with Robert Icke, Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse/Almeida/West End), Lungs (Paines Plough & Sheffield Theatres, Washington DC), Don Juan Comes Back From the War (Finborough) and Monster (Royal Exchange, Manchester).
Jeremy Herrin is Artistic Director of Headlong. His recent work includes This House for the NT, The Absence of War (Sheffield/national tour), Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies for the RSC and The Nether (Headlong/Royal Court/West End). Jeremy recently directed a new production of Noises Off in New York for Roundabout Theatre Company, opened in January 2016. Jeremy is currently directing Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme.
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