Following a sold-out run at the Donmar Warehouse, SWEAT transfers to the Gielgud Theatre. Lynette Linton directs the Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, which transfers to the Gielgud Theatre for 50 performances only.
Based on interviews with residents of the rustbelt town of Reading, Pennsylvania, this play examines the lives of factory workers facing de-industrialisation. As friendships strain under fear, anger and racial tensions, a devastating outcome awaits the divided community.
Olivier Awards Nomination for BEST NEW PLAY 2019
This ‘breathtaking new play’ (The 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’ (The Observer).
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.
‘By turns profound, terrifying, earthy and witty, Lynette Linton’s superbly calibrated production excels fromstart to finish’ (Evening Standard) and features ‘a superlative cast’ (The Sunday Times). In an era defined by division and mistrust this is a ‘humane, heartbreaking’ and ‘magnificent’ play (Financial Times).