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London News Denise Gough to Reprise Olivier-Winning Role in People, Places, and Things

Duncan Macmillan's celebrated addiction drama will return to the West End later this spring.

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Two-time Olivier winner Denise Gough will reprise her performance in Duncan Macmillan's People, Places, and Things in the West End later this spring. 

The critically acclaimed original production of the addiction drama will return to the Trafalgar Theatre eight years after it first rocketed onto the scene. Gough is joined by her original director, Jeremy Herrin, as well as much of the initial creative team, including Tony winner Bunny Christie, whose original celebrated set design will be recreated.

Running from May 3 to August 10, People, Places and Things received widespread critical 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," shares Macmillan. "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.”

In addition to Herrin and Christie, the creative team will include 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 for the new engagement is by Jessica Ronane, with original casting by Wendy Spon.

“I am beyond excited and so grateful to be returning to the role of Emma in People, Places and Things," said Gough. "Duncan Macmillan’s incredible play was a life changing experience for me and many others. It brought me pure joy, night after night, to take to the stage to share Emma’s story and I can’t wait to bring her back to new audiences and to give voice, and space, to people that live with or have experienced any form of addiction.”

Casting in addition to Gough will be announced at a later date.

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