Denise Gough Reprises Olivier-Winning Role in People, Places, and Things, Opening May 14 | Playbill

London News Denise Gough Reprises Olivier-Winning Role in People, Places, and Things, Opening May 14

Duncan Macmillan's celebrated addiction drama returns to the West End.

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Two-time Olivier winner Denise Gough is currently reprising her performance in Duncan Macmillan's People, Places, and Things in the West End.

The critically acclaimed original production of the addiction drama returns to the Trafalgar Theatre eight years after it first rocketed onto the scene. Opening night is May 14 following previews that began May 3.

Led by original director Jeremy Herrin, as well as much of the initial creative team, including Tony winner Bunny Christie, the production will run through August 10.

People, Places and Things received widespread acclaim when it premiered at London's National Theatre in September 2015, in a co-production with Headlong. The production then transferred to the West End in March 2016 before coming to St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York in October 2017.

“The debut of People, Places and Things was a really special time," shared Macmillan in a previous statement. "The play had taken me almost a decade to write and came partly out of a frustration with how addiction is typically portrayed on stage and screen. Under Jeremy Herrin’s compassionate direction, the company visited treatment centres and worked closely with people in recovery. We all felt a responsibility to make the play, primarily, for those who know what it is to live with addiction, for them to feel represented and seen. We did not expect the incredible response the play received when it first opened and its momentum has only increased over the years, not least because of Denise Gough’s now mythic central performance. She is, for me, the greatest actor of my generation and it is my great fortune that she took the role then and thrilling that she’s returning to it now.”

Gough is joined by Sinéad Cusack (V for Vendetta) as Doctor/Therapist/Mum, Malachi Kirby (Small Axe: Mangrove) as Mark, Danny Kirrane (The Sandman) as Foster, Kevin McMonagle (Scoop) as Dad/Paul, Holly Atkins (This Country) as Charlotte, Paksie Vernon (Shetland) as Jodi, Ryan Hutton (A Midsummer’s Night Dream) as Shaun, Ayọ̀ Owóyẹmi-Peters as Laura, and Dillon Scott-Lewis (Piglets) as T. 

Russell Anthony (Call the Midwife) and Louise Templeton (Jayson Bend: Queen and Country) round out the company.

In addition to Herrin and Christie, the creative team includes costume designer Christina Cunningham, lighting designer James Farncombe, composer Matthew Herbert, sound designer Tom Gibbons, video designer Andrzej Goulding, and movement director Polly Bennett. Casting is by Jessica Ronane, with original casting by Wendy Spon.


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