Duncan Macmillan’s vivid story of acting and addiction that vibrantly explores the parallels between theatrical processes and rehabilitation is transferring to the West End after an acclaimed premiere this year
Denise Gough plays actress Emma in People, Places and Things
It has been confirmed that the National Theatre’s warmly-received production will show at the Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited period in 2016.
Denise Gough will be reprising the lead role in the West End transfer, playing Emma, a beleaguered actress who is driven by drink and drugs. The moving play presents the action from Emma’s point of view, who breaks down mid-show and is forced into rehab.
Gough’s performance as Emma at the Dorfman Theatre, where the play premiered in September this year, was met with great acclaim, described as a “stand-out turn” and as “astonishing” by The Guardian.
“She [Gough] breathtakingly captures Emma’s mix of dependency, delusion and scepticism: she never judges the character but plays her from her own point of view as a woman whose vulnerability is matched by a lone-wolf obduracy,” writes The Guardian.
People, Places and Things is directed by Jeremy Herrin who trained as a theatre director at both the National Theatre and the Royal Court. In 2013, Herrin became Artistic Director of the Headlong Theatre.
Following Earthquakes of London and The Effect, People, Places and Things marks the latest collaboration between the Headlong Theatre and the National Theatre.
Duncan Macmillan’s energetic new play is showing at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 15 March 2016 until the 4 June 2016.
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