sweat at gielgud theatre


Gielgud Theatre, London

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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

Additional Information

Performance dates
Booking to 20 July 2019
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Venue Information

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

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