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'A triumph – Denise Gough delivers an emotionally shattering performance.' Evening Standard

Fresh from an acclaimed sold-out season in the Dorfman Theatre, this new production will transfer to the Wyndham's Theatre for 14 weeks only from 15 March 2016. An intoxicating new play about surviving the modern world. Written by Duncan Macmillan (1984) and directed by Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall).

Denise Gough will recreate her ‘career defining performance’ as Emma, an actress whose life has spun recklessly out of control because of her addiction to drink and drugs.

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?

People, Places and Things, the highly acclaimed production of Duncan Macmillan’s intoxicating new play will transfer to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre from 15 March 2016.

The set is designed by Bunny Christie, who won Olivier and Tony Awards for the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.  Costumes are by Christina Cunningham, lighting by James Farncombe and sound by Tom Gibbons. 

Alongside Denise Gough in the central role are Jacob James Beswick, Alastair Cope, Jacqui Dubois, Barbara Marten, Nathaniel Martello-White and Kevin McMonagle.

★★★★ Guardian, Time Out, Independent, The Times, Financial Times, The Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express 

'Vivid. Vibrant. Astonishing performances from Denise Gough, Barbara Marten and Alistair Cope.' Guardian

'Powerful. Provocative. Thrilling. Denise Gough is stunning.' Time Out

'Thoughtful. Darkly humane. Superbly directed by Jeremy Herrin.' Independent

★★★★ 'An excellent production. Denise Gough electrifies.' Observer

'Wonderfully well-crafted, often very funny, with a superb performance by Denise Gough.' The Sunday Times

'A bold, timely and searching play.' Financial Times


Additional Information

Running time

2h20min including one interval

Performance dates

15 March to 18 June 2016

Special notes

People, Places and Things contains some strong language, strobe-like lighting effects and short complete lighting blackouts in the auditorium.

Venue Information

Wyndham's TheatreCharing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA

Group Pricing

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Customer Reviews

71 reviews4.7

Sarah Jane Johnson17th June

Absolutely breathtaking performance. Beautifully written. Made me laugh, made me cry.

Meg Nutt13th June

This play was an amazing experience. The set, lighting, sound were all superb and the acting and direction incredible. Denise Gough deserves every accolade. The themes of the piece resonate with today's audience. This is a liberating piece of theatre.

Carolyn Surry12th June

Self and adult daughter very much enjoyed our evening Denise Gough must be exhausted but we'd have loved to go again

Anne O'Connor8th June

This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience Denise Gough was superb, a tour de force!

clark bliss5th June

To Whom it May Concern. If yon know anything about this subject and in recovery. The management, although helpful, seem to know very little of the I cannot make a review. Regards, You know who. x

Michael WYATT5th June

Intelligent, emotional,enlightening,complex and enthralling. This is theatre and drama at its best. Acting and production are brilliant. Quite one of the best plays I have seen and I have seen very many. If you want to understand about addiction from the point of view of the addict and of the consequences that behaviour has on those who love and care then see this play.

Lexine Lee3rd June

Most powerful piece of theatre I have ever seen -- raw, emotional, funny, clever. Denise Gough gives an incredible performance with great precision, pouring torrents of emotion and energy onto the stage. See it before it's too late!

Jonathan Cross31st May

Every bit as good as the notices said it would be. Denise Gough is a force to be reckoned with and will go on to greater things.

Liz Caughey29th May

Excellent acting, topical issue and great sets. Also excellent service from the ticket office thank you.

James Radice28th May

We loved the play. Amazing cast, so well acted. The only problem was the audience, they were annoying, laughing when it wasn't that funny, coughing all along and the last ten minutes music from the street filled the theatre distracting from the play. But the play was GREAT!!!

Derek Zissman27th May

Denise Gough was amazing. I was "spell bound" by her performance.

Maggie Cole27th May

I left the play with a curious feeling of detachment and wondering why it has had quite the astounding reviews it has had. Great acting, wonderful production but the actual writing felt thin to me and particularly the roles of the therapists seemed lacking in substance as if not enough research had gone into making them more authentic.