Following a critically acclaimed, sold out season at the National Theatre and in London’s West End, People, Places & Things is set to play the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st October. Duncan Macmillan’s intoxicating play became the must-see West End show last year for its vivid portrayal of one woman’s entanglement in addiction, treatment and self-awareness. This thrilling new stage production receives its American premiere in New York during the same week as the UK tour visits Bath.
Duncan Macmillan is an award-winning playwright whose memorable adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, delighted Bath audiences when it toured to the Theatre Royal in 2015. His raw and heartbreakingly truthful new play, People, Places & Things, focuses on Emma, an actress, whose life is spinning recklessly out of control.
Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab. Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?
The creative team behind People, Places & Things includes director Jeremy Herrin, the Artistic Director of celebrated theatre company Headlong. His work includes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s hugely successfully and multi award-winning world premiere of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies, which also played both the West End and Broadway. Recently at the National Theatre, Jeremy also directed The House They Grew Up In and Common, and his production of David Hare’s The Absence of War toured to Bath in 2015.
Lisa Dwyer Hogg plays the lead role of Emma. On television, she has appeared in many popular primetime series including The Fall, in which she played Marion Kay; Waking the Dead; The Royal; Trial & Retribution; Casualty and The Bill. Her stage credits include Dunsinane for the RSC, Liola at the National Theatre, and many productions in her native Ireland at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and The Gate. Most recently, she played the title role in Saint Joan at the Lyric Belfast.
Trevor Fox, who appears as both Paul and Dad, was last seen at Bath’s Theatre Royal in the National Theatre’s The Pitmen Painters in 2011, a production which also ran in the West End and on Broadway. He has performed many times at Shakespeare’s Globe and in the West End productions of Billy Elliot and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. His screen credits include Emmerdale, Peak Practice, Billy Elliot, Victoria & Abdul and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Andrew Sheridan plays the role of Mark. He has previously performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in Henry VI Parts I, II and III with Shakespeare’s Globe. On television, his work includes Peaky Blinders, Kingdom, Scott and Bailey, Coronation Street and Clocking Off. His film roles include playing Terry in the 2007 biopic Control about Joy Division’s Ian Curtis.
The role of Foster is played by Ekow Quartey, who last performed in Bath with Headlong in The Absence of War in 2015 and returned in 2016 to play Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream alongside Phill Jupitus. He also recently performed at the National Theatre in Peter Pan.
Also starring in the much anticipated UK revival of People, Places & Things are Susan Lawson-Reynolds as Jodi, last seen at the Theatre Royal Bath in To Kill A Mockingbird in 2015; Michael Balogun as Shaun; Imogen Slaughter as Meredith; Aimee Lou Wood as Laura; and Matilda Ziegler as Doctor and Mum; and George Somner as T.
Set design for People, Places & Things is by multi award-winning Bunny Christie, who has designed shows in theatres worldwide. Bunny has a long relationship with the National Theatre, for whom she designed the record-breaking production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, winning three Olivier Awards and a Tony Award for her work. Her set design for The Red Barn was rated number one in Mark Shenton’s Top Ten set designs of 2017, and she won Olivier Awards for her designs for The White Guard and A Streetcar Named Desire starring Glenn Close at the National Theatre. At the Donmar Warehouse, she designed Julius Caesar and Henry IV for Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Shakespeare trilogy – hailed as “one of the most important theatrical events of the year” when it played King’s Cross in 2016 before transferring to Brooklyn.
For this production, in addition to auditorium seating, a limited number of on stage seats are on sale for every performance.
People, Places & Things appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st October. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 and online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk