***Olivier Award Winners 2016***
Following a sold-out run at the Dorfman Theatre, the phenomenal new play People, Places and Things now transfers to the West End.
Emma is on top of the world, until she arrives in rehab. But is substance abuse Emma’s real problem? In a world shrouded in calamity, Emma’s fruitless pursuit for truth makes sobering up a formidable prospect.
People, Places and Things is the latest collaboration between Headlong and the National coming hot on the heels of the celebrated Earthquakes in London and The Effect. Directed by Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall), written by Duncan Macmillan (1984) and starring Denise Gough in an acclaimed performance, People, Places and Things is an astonishingly powerful play that pierces the veil we all cast over the modern world. Innovative, searching and razor-sharp, Macmillan’s latest offering is about much more than addiction, it’s about reality itself.
Playing at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre for a strictly limited run of twelve weeks (from March 2016), don’t miss your chance to see one of the most important and thrilling plays of the season. Book your People, Places and Things tickets today.
★★★★ 'An excellent production. Denise Gough electrifies.' - Observer
Olivier Awards 2016: Best Actress - Denise Gough, Best Sound Design - Tom Gibbons.
Quite simply one of the best theatrical productions I have ever seen. Compelling performances, mesmerising staging and a script ranging from great hilarity to gut-wrenching heartbreak. Should the run be extended? Yes. Should the production go on tour? Yes. More people need to see this production. Riveting!
Despite the slightly unnerving start I absolutely loved every moment of this performance. It was totally enthralling and I felt completely engaged with the story and the cast.
Wonderful performances - great ensemble work and a play that asked some very complex and uncomfortable questions. I especially appreciated its honesty and the cyclical, repetitive sequences which highlighted the dishearteningly familiar and inevitable realities of "old behaviour".
A once in a lifetime performance by Denise Gough (although one feels sure there will be many more). A powerful, witty, and imaginatively staged play with huge emotional impact. While the subject matter may feel familiar to some, it is approached with great flair, vitality, and dynamism. This production of 'People, Places & Things' will last long in the memory.
This play is no doubt very good for those familiar with mental illness and drug dependency, but very difficult for people not familiar with these topics.
Always booked a musical when going to London but on this occasion when researching entertainment in London this plays reviews had me intrigued. We loved it and gave us a lot to discuss afterwards, the performances were amazing sitting in row B almost felt so comfortable with the group of actors had to stop myself from joining in with the conversation on stage !! Gripping, emotional a true representation and a five star review from us !!
Up there with the great's. So moving and true. Wonderful performances, script and staging. Can't fault it. Denise Gough the female equivalent of mark Rylance. More people should see this play to understand what addiction/recovery is all about.
This has to be quite simply one of the most breathtaking performances I've seen. The whole ensemble are great but Denise Gough is superb. The writing is razor sharp and so few privileged to have seen it. If you haven't been yet just try and get a single. You won't regret it. It's not an easy watch but so worthwhile.
Possibly one of the best plays my husband and I have seen and we see a lot! Incredible set and the first ten minutes had me on the edge of my seat . Outstanding performances , thrilling , upsetting but a fact of life and immaculately portrayed. A MUST see .
Spectacular lead performance by Gough She is in the league of Judi Dench and Peter O'Toole. Cast great and script fantastic. A must see.
Right from the start this play was very gripping - visually and aurally ! Had the right mixture of black humour offsetting the clearly disturbing subject matter
Amazing experience, stunning performance for such a young actor
Denise Gough and the cast of People, Places and Things totally killed it last night with an energetic performance that got the room thinking in anticipation!
One of the Best plays I have ever seen! The lead actress who was unknown to me, was so believable and the story line so convincing. Great set too! So clever when the fabric screen came down to reveal public seats on the opposite side! Everyone should see this play!
Best play I've seen in years.
Amazing performance. Denise Gough is stunning. We and the rest of the audience were captivated.
Evocative music to set the scene, and kept the tempo through the interval, with Denise and Nathaniel connecting in the midst of real to life scenarios. I am sure her mother was my mother, reading from the same script. Only issue for me was at times we couldn't' t hear the cast and missed some of the drama but still raw, real and believable. Please bring it to Manchester, it needs to be seen outside of London.
A play about rehab after alcohol and drug addiction is not a natural for a fun night out. But the play was rivetting - strongly plotted with good characterisation which enable you to appreciate the traumas suffered in the processes and the desperate feelings of the parents in the last act. Finely directed and great performances all round. A profound experience.
Although the acting and set design were world class, the storyline was a little thin! Nothing more than a tale of overcoming drug/alcohol addiction. I had been told this would be one of the best plays I'd see, and there was a standing ovation, but I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed. Not bad at all, in fact a good play, but just not worth the hype.
This was the best play I have seen in ages. The acting throughout was brilliant and Denise Gough awesome. Great cast, great stage and great script. Thank you everyone that was part of it.
Absolutely fantastic play and electrifying performance by the lead. Theatre tickets for London shows are so expensive these days we do not go as much as we would like but for this show it was worth every penny.
It's not very often going to the theatre leaves one feeling completely blown away.... in a good sense! I frequent the theatre a great deal and I thought this play was one of the most inspiring things I've seen in a long time. Thought prevoking, amusing and so poignant, given the topic of the day in the press recently is the poor treatment of the mentally sick. The lead actress was superb, I would recommend this hugely but sadly it's finishing shortly. Please could we have an extension.
Majestic performance by Denise Gough about individual distinction and addiction. The play makes you laugh, cry, get angry. There's room for all possible emotions. Titanic.
This play left me speechless! From the script to the set and the outstanding cast! I wish it was on longer the world deserves to see it!
Powerful and strong on all levels. My partner is a recovering addict/alcholic. And the representation of this was mirrored and true to a t in the performance. We connected with this on so many levels. And have shared and been through so much. And to see it played out with such strength and intensity. Everybody should see this and see the difficuties of being an addict and living with one.. so much can be learnt from this play
The start makes you pay attention and immediately you are immersed into the world of a troubled actress. The play is funny and stark in equal measures and the acting is superb. It is no wonder the leading actress won the best actress award this year. Go to see it while you can you will not be disappointed.
Superb lead performances. Wonderfully created atmosphere. Hugely engagin and entertaining. Highly recommended.
This is a superb production of a memorable play. Denise Gough is outstanding in a fine ensemble of actors. As the drug and alcoholic addict battling with her demons, she gives a 5-star performance. I'm a regular theatre-goer and this is the best thing I've seen for 2 years. You must see this if you can before the run ends on 18 June.
Absolutely amazing! Absolute visunary genius! Not bored to for one second. I urge everyone to go and see it before it finish! Very very funny which helps the delicate issue. Very realistic and believeable. Denise is wonderful along with the beautiful cast supporting!
Powerful, thought provoking play that will stay with me. Denise Gough was truly outstanding.
I enjoy thought-provoking theatre and this dealt with themes with sensitivity and humour while inviting the audience to share the pain from the inside out. Stunning performances and well staged with audience on stage reminding us that the action is never far away from any of our lives. Plenty to think through afterwards!
Amazing play, originally saw it with a girlfriend in April, then saw it for the 2nd time on Sat 04Jun with my partner, picked up on a few things I missed first time round. Denise Gough is outstanding.
Loved this play! Denise Gough is awesome throughout and evokes every possible emotion through her performance. The whole plot is thought provoking and at times very amusing too. It take you on an emotional rollercoaster.....brilliant cast as set too.
As someone who has been in two rehabs I can tell you that this play is the truth, I recognised parts of me and every other alcoholic/addict I know in just a few characters, there was a point that I almost wanted to join in the group session it was that realistic.
Simply put it was the best show i've ever seen along with the best performance i've ever seen.i was hugely affected by this show it will stay with me for a long time
First time I have ever written a review on anything. It was that good! Excellent acting especially from what I would consider to be the main three parts. Very funny yet emotional. Brilliant.
Great play, Denise Gough was amazing.
Outstanding experience- taking 12 steps into the auditorium and a leap forward in happiness
See it if you can.
People, Places and Things was a totally absorbing and thought-provoking afternoon of theatre, imaginatively and forcefully staged. My only criticism would be the violence of the sound at times and particularly the insistent music played throughout the interval. I very much wanted to discuss the first act with my companion, but we were unable to hear each other - also gave me a headache.
There's a reason why Denise Gough has been wowing everyone with her breakout performance - it's stunning. This combined with a razor-sharp script makes for an engrossing, well-paced show with a surprising amount of laughs perfectly placed in what is essentially a harrowing tale of one woman's descent into and return from addiction. I was lucky enough to be front row of the stage seating and felt like I was part of it. See it while you have the chance!
Definitely worth to go and see before I finishes. Denise Gough gives an outstanding performance and the scenography it's just genius. I loved every minute... So much I've seen it twice!
Excellent writing, stunning performances - particularly from Denise Gough. Loved the stage / set design, the movement and the effects. The hallucination pieces were particularly striking. As were some of the monologues. Sharp. Observant. Stimulating. The most enjoyable play we've seen for a good while.
I LOVED IT!! Bright, Witty script, insightful and deep. The casting is great but, of course, Denise Gough steals the show with her natural, breathtakingly real, funny, sad and hysterical lead performance! I am recommending it to EVERYONE!! The best play in a very long time!!!
This play has everything a theatre goer could possibly wish for. Humour, drama, high's, low's, it is an emotional roller coaster. Brilliant music, great set design and above all Denise Gough is amazing....and the other actors aren't bad either! I Highly recommend this play, it was brilliant!
Denise Goigh has won due praise for her performance in this new play. But as a work it's a mess. Two-dimensional characterisations, clunky gags, overly long and overly wrought, trying very hard to be profound and coming across a cliched, effortful, laboured and loud. It's a sign of Gough's abilities that she manages to make the central character remotely believable. If you're looking for great writing or great drama this isn't it.
When is it showing
32 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0DA
No refunds available after purchase.
2 hours 20 mins approx including interval.
Good To Know
Please note: People, Places and Things contains some strong language, strobe-like lighting effects and short complete lighting blackouts in the auditorium.
How Does It Work
You will receive a confirmation email, please bring it with you on the day to collect the tickets
When Can I Go
15 March – 4 June 2016
2.30pm and 7.30pm
Where Do I Go
Charing Cross Theatre
Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA
By Tube- Leicester Square