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Closed June 18, 2016

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

The Sunday Times

Why See People, Places and Things?

Emma was having the time of her life. Now she's in Rehab.

Hot from an acclaimed run at the Dorfman, Duncan Macmillan's People, Places and Things moves to Wyndham's for a strictly limited 12 week run. The Dorfman run racked up tremendous acclaim from critics, as well as two Olivier Award wins and four Olivier nominations! Included in the Olivier wins were Best Actress for the highly talented, Denise Gough.

An absorbing drama centred around actress Emma and her attempt to escape dysfunction and addiction in rehab starring Denise Gough, this co-production from The National and Headlong should definitely be on your radar for spring 2016!

What is People, Places and Things about?

Emma is having trouble making it past the first step. Rather than admit she dampens out the problems of the modern world with drink and drugs, she'd rather blame it on everyone else. Unrepentant and raging, she rallies against every attempt at help, until she realises it's up to her to rescue herself. Denise Gough is outstanding as this unpalatable anti-heroine, bowled over by the reach of her own excess and self-deniable. Don't miss this five star performance, as Gough's career is tipped to go stratospheric!

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Previews from: 15 March 2016

Opening night: 23 March 2016


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

Run time

Two hours and 20 minutes

Cast and Creative


Jacob James Beswick as T / Ensemble
Nari Blair-Mangat as Shaun / Ensemble
Alistair Cope as Foster
Jacqui Dubois as Jodi / Ensemble
Sally George as Meredith / Ensemble
Denise Gough as Emma
Kevin McMonagle as Paul / Dad
Nathaniel Martello-White as Mark
Barbara Marten as Doctor / Therapist / Mum
Laura Woodward as Laura / Ensemble


Written by Duncan Macmillan
Directed by Jeremy Herrin
Set Designer Bunny Christie
Costume Designer Christina Cunningham
Lighting Designer James Farncombe
Music by Matthew Herbert
Sound Designer Tom Gibbons
Movement Polly Bennett
Video/Projection Designer Andrzej Gouldin
Staff Director Holly Race Roughan


2016 Olivier Award Winds

Best Sound Design
Best Actress for Denise Gough

2016 Olivier Award Nominations

White Light Award for Best Lighting Design
Best Sound Design
Virgin Atlantic Best New Play
Best Actress

What we thought

brilliant UNFORGETTABLE Game-changing

Gough has more than just made the role her own, she's made West End history in her perfect portrayal of an imperfect person.

​A brutal exploration of addition and its place in modern life, People, Places & Things is well-deserving of the praise this daring production it has received and its star, Denise Gough, more than deserving of her recent Olivier win.

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Wendy Fynn

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