Full cast announced for Denise Gough-led 'People, Places and Things'

Denise Gough won Best Actress at the Olivier Awards in 2016 for her performance as Emma in People Places and Things at the National Theatre in 2015.

Olivia Rook
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The full cast has been announced for the West End return of Duncan Macmillan’s People, Places and Things, which opens at the Trafalgar Theatre on 3 May. Jeremy Herrin will direct.

Joining Denise Gough, who will reprise her Olivier Award-winning role as Emma, is Sinéad Cusack (V for Vendetta, Rock ‘n’ Roll) as Doctor/Therapist/Mum, Malachi Kirby (Small Axe, Anansi Boys) as Mark, Danny Kirrane (The Sandman, The Serpent Queen) as Foster, and Kevin McMonagle (Scoop, Best of Enemies) as Dad/Paul.

The cast also includes Holly Atkins (This Country, Sons of the Prophet) as Charlotte, Paksie Vernon (Shetland, Angels in America: Part One) as Jodi, Ryan Hutton (A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Only Fools and Horses) as Shaun, Ayọ̀ Owóyẹmi-Peters, who makes her West End debut as Laura, and Dillon Scott-Lewis (Piglets, &Juliet) as T. Russell Anthony (Call the Midwife, Trouble in Butetown) and Louise Templeton (Jayson Bend: Queen and Country, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain) complete the company.

Macmillan’s play follows actor Emma, in the grip of addiction, who ends up in rehab after breaking down mid-way through Chekhov's The Seagull.

Gough won Best Actress at the 2016 Olivier Awards and at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards for her performance as Emma in People Places and Things at the National Theatre in 2015. The production transferred to Wyndham's Theatre in March 2016, before a run at St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York in October 2017.

The creative team includes director Jeremy Herrin (Long Day's Journey Into Night, A Mirror, Ulster American), set designer Bunny Christie, costume designer Christina Cunningham, lighting designer James Farncombe, music by Matthew Herbert, sound designer Tom Gibbons, video designer Andrzej Goulding, and movement director Polly Bennett.

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Photo credit: Sinéad Cusack, Malachi Kirby, and Danny Kirrane. (Photos courtesy of production)

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