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3 May - 10 Aug 2024

By Duncan Macmillan 
Directed by Jeremy Herrin

Starring Denise Gough  Sinéad Cusack  Malachi Kirby  Danny Kirrane  Kevin McMonagle  Holly Atkins  Paksie Vernon  Ryan Hutton  Ayo Owoyemi-Peters  Dillon Scott-Lewis  Russell Anthony  Louise Templeton 


‘Powerful. Provocative. Thrilling. Denise Gough is stunning’


‘A remarkable, truthful performance... awe-inspiring and utterly convincing’

‘A heady cocktail of fantasy and reality. Transfixing’

Duncan Macmillan’s (Lungs, 1984) intoxicating hit play PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS, directed by Jeremy Herrin (Best of Enemies, This House) and designed by Tony Award®-winner Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), makes a triumphant return to London this May.

DENISE GOUGH reprises her Olivier Award-winning role as Emma, a struggling actress whose life is spinning recklessly out of control. Gough’s ‘explosive and fearless performance’ (Hollywood Reporter) in PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS has garnered acclaim in London and New York, with critics hailing her performance as ‘stunning’ (Time Out), ‘ingenious’ (The New York Times) and ‘unmissable’ (Evening Standard).

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 sober up?


‘Denise Gough is spectacular. Thrilling, devastating…endlessly inventive’
The New York Times, Critics’ Pick

‘Denise Gough’s explosive and fearless performance keeps you glued.’
Hollywood Reporter



Alongside Denise Gough who will reprise her Olivier Award-winning role as Emma, she is joined by Sinéad Cusack (V for Vendetta, Warner Bros; Rock ‘n’ Roll, Royal Court Theatre) who will play the roles of Doctor/Therapist/Mum, Malachi Kirby (Small Axe: Mangrove, BBC; upcoming Anansi Boys, Amazon Prime) who will play Mark, Danny Kirrane (The Sandman, Netflix; The Serpent Queen, Amazon Prime) who will play Foster and Kevin McMonagle (Scoop, Netflix; Best of Enemies, Young Vic) who will play the roles of Dad/Paul. 

Holly Atkins (This Country, BBC; Sons of the Prophet, Hampstead Theatre), will play Charlotte, Paksie Vernon (Shetland, BBC; Angels in America: Part One, National Theatre) will play Jodi, Ryan Hutton (A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company; Only Fools and Horses, Theatre Royal Haymarket) will play Shaun, Ayọ̀ Owóymi-Peters, will make her West End debut playing Laura and Dillon Scott-Lewis (Piglets, ITV; &Juliet, Shaftesbury Theatre) will play T.  Completing the company are Russell Anthony (Call the Midwife, BBC; Trouble in Butetown, Donmar Warehouse) and Louise Templeton (Jayson Bend: Queen and Country, Amazon Prime; Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain, Theatre Royal Bath).

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3 May - 10 Aug 2024

3 May - 10 Aug 2024

Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm with a matinee on Wednesday and Saturday, 2.30pm

Running time

Approx. 2 hours 20 mins including a 20 mins interval
Contains strong language and themes of substance abuse & addiction. Strobe lighting effects will also be used.

Audio Described performances: Sat 13 July 2.30pm and Thu 25 July, 7.30pm
British Sign Language Interpreted performance: Sat 20 July, 2.30pm
Captioned performances: Sat 6 July, 2.30pm & Tue 16 July, 7.30pm