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About People, Places & Things

Denise Gough reprises her mesmerising Olivier Award-winning lead role in Duncan Macmillan’s contemporary classic People, Places & Things. The original National Theatre and Headlong production returns to the West End this May, playing a limited 14-week season at the Trafalgar Theatre. Book tickets for this celebrated production now.

A bracing and darkly comic look at addiction, People, Places & Things tells the story of Emma, a struggling actress whose life is spiralling out of control due to alcoholism and drug addiction. After breaking down midway through a performance, she winds up in rehab. The first step is to admit that she has a problem, but she’s convinced herself that it isn’t her fault she’s in such a mess. With intoxication the only state she feels comfortable in, what’s the point in getting sober?

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Assisted Performances
Audio Described: 25th July 19:30
Signed BSL: 20th July 14:30

Run time

2hr 30min. Incl. 1 intermission.

Start date

3rd May, 2024

End date

10th August, 2024


Ages 14+.

Production note
Contains strong language and themes of addiction, depictions of substance abuse, and references to suicide. Strobe lighting effects and the smoking of herbal cigarettes will be used. No Latecomers admitted.
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913 Reviews



558 Reviews | 136 Followers
Intense, Intelligent, Outstanding lead

See it if you like hard-hitting theater that works on all cylinders, smart script, bolt of energy direction, creative design & exceptional lead actor.

Don’t see it if topics of drug & alcohol abuse are not your thing, or can't take loud music & other sensory-stimulating stage effects. But it's a must-see.

Katie 335834

Katie 335834

123 Reviews | 5 Followers
Must see, Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like amazing performances and hard hitting plays

Don’t see it if You want something upbeat

Catherine 352

Catherine 352

110 Reviews | 12 Followers
Thought-provoking, Profound, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like an insightful and intellectual drama. Would resonate to those who have disillusioned by reality.

Don’t see it if you are sensory sensitive. There is a long sequence of flashing lights with loud noises. If you are not for a wordy play with sad themes.

Sandra 3110

Sandra 3110

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like to experience strong emotions. You will laugh, cry, feel uncomfortable buy always completely absorbed in the plot.

Don’t see it if You not a fan of very loud sounds. Actually, don’t miss it, just bring earplugs with you!

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Stars on stage

Denise Gough

Denise Gough


14 Whitehall, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, SW1A 2DY


Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Whitehall) 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 88, 91, 159, 453; (Strand) 6, 9, 13, 15, 23, 29, 87, 139, 176
Night bus numbers: (Whitehall) 12, 24, 53, 88, 159, 453, N2, N3, N5, N11, N18, N20, N44, N52, N87, N91, N97, N109, N136, N155, N381 (Strand) 6, 23, 139, 176, N9, N13, N15, N21, N26, N29, N41, N47, N89, N279, N343, N551 Car park: The nearest Q-Park carpark is CHINATOWN, Newport Place WC2H 7PU. Directions from tube: (5mins) Head left on the main road Strand. Follow Trafalgar Square around onto Whitehall and the theatre’s on your right.

More information about People, Places & Things

People, Places & Things was first performed at the National Theatre’s intimate Dorfman Theatre in 2015 and transferred to Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End the following year. Denise Gough won Olivier and Critics’ Circle Awards for her lead role as Emma. In 2017, the show played Off-Broadway at St Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, where it was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards.

Writer Duncan Macmillan is known for his incisive plays exploring contemporary social and political issues, including Lungs (revived at the Old Vic in 2019 starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith), Every Brilliant Thing, and his adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, directed by Jeremy Herrin. Herrin, who directs People, Places & Things, has a number of theatre credits including A Mirror, Labour of Love, and the Wolf Hall trilogy. The production is designed by Bunny Christie (Guys & Dolls).

Denise Gough was nominated for the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2012. Following People, Places & Things, she won her second Olivier Award for Angels in America at the National Theatre, and received a Tony nomination for the production’s Broadway transfer.

Her screen roles include Dedra Meero in Star Wars spinoff Andor and ITV’s Too Close, for which she won a BAFTA nomination. London Theatre’s five-star review of People, Places & Things hailed Gough’s performance as “acting so raw, so tangible, so felt, so passionate, so wounded yet alive, so down but never out, that it thrills and astonishes.”

What to watch for

  • Denise Gough considered leaving acting before she, thankfully, was cast in People, Places & Things.
  • By reprising the role of Emma, Gough is following in the footsteps of eminent actors such as Mark Rylance and Glenn Close, who returned to their roles in Jerusalem and Sunset Boulevard respectively. Many actors play Shakespearean roles more than once, with Judi Dench re-interpreting Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream almost 50 years after her debut in the role.
  • Theatre lovers should listen out for references to the great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, especially his play The Seagull, in which Emma stars at the beginning of People, Places & Things.

Frequently asked questions

What is People, Places & Things about?

The original production of Duncan Macmillan’s penetrating drama People, Places & Things returns to the West End nearly a decade after its premiere at the National Theatre. Jeremy Herrin directs, with Denise Gough reprising her career-defining, Olivier Award-winning role as Emma, an actress battling with addiction and self-destructive behaviours.

How do you get tickets for People, Places & Things?

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Which theatre is People, Places & Things at?

People, Places & Things is at London's Trafalgar Theatre.

What is the running time of People, Places & Things?

People, Places & Things runs for 2hr 30min. Incl. 1 intermission.

What is the age recommendation for People, Places & Things?

Ages 14+.

Who wrote People, Places & Things?

People, Places & Things is written by Duncan Macmillan.

Who directed People, Places & Things?

People, Places & Things is directed by Jeremy Herrin.

Is People, Places & Things appropriate for kids?

People, Places & Things is aimed at audiences aged 14+.

Is People, Places & Things good?

Yes: This is the original hugely acclaimed production of People, Places & Things, previously performed at the National Theatre, in the West End and Off-Broadway, with Denise Gough reprising her Olivier Award-winning lead role.

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