sweat at gielgud theatre


Gielgud Theatre, London
Booking to 20 July 2019
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Following a sell-out run at the Donmar Warehouse, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat transfer to the West End for 50 performances at London’s Gielgud Theatre.

This ‘breathtaking new play’ (★★★★★ Guardian) delivers ‘a knock-out blow of theatrical force’ (★★★★★ Daily Telegraph) as it delves deep into the forgotten heart of middle America in ‘the year’s most powerful play’ (★★★★★ Observer).

Martha Plimpton will reprise her role as Tracey in Lynette Linton’s acclaimed production, with further casting to be announced.

Sweat will run from 7 June 2019 until 20 July 2019 at the Gielgud Theatre, London.


Centred around the friendships of factory workers and set in an all-American bar, the play explores the relationships, resentments and fears of a community left divided by de-industrialisation. Simmering racial tensions and mounting anger lead to a devastating outcome for the residents of Reading, Pennsylvania.


Martha Plimpton will lead the cast.


Directed by Lynette Linton with set & costume design by Frankie Bradshaw, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick. Sound designer and composer George Dennis, movement director Polly Bennett, video designer Gino Ricardo Green and fight director Kate Waters.


★★★★★ ‘breathtaking new play’ Guardian
★★★★★ ‘a knock-out blow of theatrical force’ Telegraph
★★★★★ ‘the year’s most powerful play’ Observer
★★★★★ a ‘humane, heartbreaking’ and ‘magnificent’ play Financial Times
★★★★★ ‘By turns profound, terrifying, earthy and witty, Lynette Linton’s superbly calibrated production excels from start to finish’ Evening Standard

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Performance dates
Booking to 20 July 2019

Venue Information

Gielgud Theatre, 35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 38

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Leanne Best, Martha Plimpton, Clare Perkins in Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo Johan Persson ">
Sweat Extends at Donmar Warehouse
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

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