The West End production of Sweat starring American actress Martha Plimpton has extended at London’s Donmar Warehouse.

Lynette Linton’s production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage opened to widespread acclaim at the Donmar and has seen an unprecedented demand for tickets. The production will now run until Saturday 2 February 2019.

In 2011, Lynn Nottage began spending time with people from Reading, Pennsylvania: officially one of the poorest cities in the USA. Over the next two years she dug deep into the forgotten heart of middle America, finding a city divided by racial tension and the collapse of industry.

Sweat is the result of her experiences – a tale of friends pitted against each other by big business and the decline of the American Dream.

American actress Martha Plimpton, well known to New York theatre audiences for her extensive work on Broadway, is possibly more recognisable for her film work including 200 Cigarettes, Eye of God, I Shot Andy Warhol, The Mosquito Coast, The Goonies and The River Rat. Her numerous television credits include The Good Wife, Raising Hope, How To Make It In America, Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent

The cast also includes Leanne Best Damned by Despair (National Theatre), Patrick Gibson (The White Princess), Osy Ikhile Torn (Royal Court), Wil Johnson Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Old Vic), Stuart McQuarrie Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre), Clare Perkins Primetime (Royal Court), Sule Rimi Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre) and Sebastian Viveros (Our Girl).

Sweat is directed by Lynette Linton with set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and sound design by George Dennis.

Sweat is booking until 2 February 2019 at the Donmar Warehouse, London.

UPDATE 8 February 2019: SWEAT transfers to the Gielgud Theatre for 50 performances