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Sweat has transferred to London's Gielgud Theatre, tickets on sale now at affordable prices!
After spending two and a half years interviewing residents of Reading Pennsylvania, Lynn Nottage decided to pen a play to tell the story of one of the poorest towns in America. Her striking dramatisation of this rust belt town fallen on hard times would go on to win her a Pulitzer Prize. After a sell-out run during its UK premiere at the Donmar Warehouse was met with critical acclaim, the show has transferred to the West End's Gielgud Theatre. Sweat London play tickets are in high demand, so be sure to book yours early!
What is Lynn Nottage's Sweat play about?
Reading Pennsylvania was a town where people worked hard all day and drank hard all night. They went straight from high school to a job in the mill or the plant and worked there for the rest of their lives. Sweat tells the story of a community devastated by automation and the collapse of industry.
We see three friends over drinks at their local bar and watch the dynamics of the town as their relationships change through promotions and pay cuts, strikes and scabs. The lines between friendship and violence, love and hate, racism and prejudice shift and blur in this compelling tale of the American dream turned nightmare. The tale shifts between 2000 and 2008 in a small East coast city. But in these times of Trumpism and Brexit, the story hits shockingly close to home.
Sweat play London cast
In addition to an incredible story, the Donmar Warehouse run of Sweat featured some exceptional actors which meant Sweat tickets sold-out in no time. The Gielgud Theatre cast of Sweat features many actors from the Donmar Warehouse run reprising their roles as they go on to wow West End theatre audiences. Sweat at the Gielgud Theatre stars Clare Perkins (Emilia, Mrs Dalloway) as Cynthia, Leanne Best (The Human Voice) as Jessie, Osy Ikhule as Chris, Stuart McQuarrie as Stan, Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife, Pal Joey, Other Desert Cities) as Tracey, Sule Rimi as Evan, Sebastian Viveros as Oscar, Patrick Gibson as Jason, and Wil Johnson as Brucie. Critics were particularly stunned by Stuart McQuarrie's performance as Stan, the bartender, in the original run.
Sweat play creatives
Sweat The Play is directed Lynette Linton and features lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, sound design by George Dennis, design by Frankie Bradshaw, music by George Dennis, movement direction by Polly Bennett, and casting direction by Amy Ball.
Who is Lynn Nottage?
Lynn Nottage is a two time Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer. Her work often spotlights marginalised communities. Perhaps her best-known work is Intimate Apparel which tells the story of a woman living in a boarding house who makes her way in the world sewing for women from all walks of life, but who dreams of something more. Since its premiere in 2004, Intimate Apparel has become one of the most produced plays in The United States. In 2009 Nottage earned her first Pulitzer Prize for Drama with her work Ruined which tells the harrowing tale of Congolese women fighting to survive their country's civil war. In 2017, Sweat earned her a second Pulitzer Prize, making her the first and only woman to hold that distinction.
You won't even break a sweat with affordable tickets to Sweat at the Gielgud!
Tickets for the Sweat transfer to the Gielgud Theatre in London are in extremely high demand. Book Sweat tickets early to guarantee the best seats at the best prices.
Age restrictionRecommended for ages 14+
Running time2hr 25 min (inc interval)
Performance dates7 June - 20 July 2019
ContentAll persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats you could be refused entry. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
Hillary Bauer5th August
Disappointed after all the hype. A number of the cast spoke really badly, even after we managed to tune in to their accents. The plot was pretty boring too and mono thematic. The changes in date were confusing and not well delineated. [I don't suppose anyone is taking any notice of this feedback.]
The show was surprising, impactful, thought-provoking. More people should go see it.
Virginie Prevost21st July
It was wonderful and so strong, for my first play in English I couldn't see a better play !
William Adelle21st July
Sweat is a wonderful play. Well-written. Actors and actresses are good. However, I don't think the direction was good enough. I saw actors and actresses moving chairs and tables to change the decor of the next scenes which is useful and practicle for the direction but not for our imagination. This made me feel uncomfortable and I struggled to free my imagination through this great story.
Smita Bavisi20th July
Last min purchase. Good seat clear view. Enjoyed the play.
Powerful drama, well played
Judith Carolyn Knight19th July
Powerful thought provoking play extremely well acted.
Andrew Smith19th July
All the performances were absolutely consummate. The overall show was extremely poweeful, relevant and very moving. If it wasn't finishing, I'd see it again. Highly recommended.
Miss Christine keogh19th July
Superb acting from all the cast
Suzanne Pye19th July
Great production. Very thought provoking.
Joe Pollard19th July
5* Show! An absolutely hard-hitting play full of grit and true realism. Would definitely recommend others to see this before it closes on 20/07/19
Julia Fitzgerald16th July