Following a sold-out run at the Donmar Warehouse, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat is transferring to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre for 50 performances only.

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 from start 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).

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Performance dates and times

From 7 June

Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm
Thursday & Saturday at 2:30pm

Please note, preview schedule may vary

2 hours 30 minutes including a 20-minute interval


Tickets from £15
350 seats per performance priced at £25 or less, including 100 stall seats at £25
Box Office: 0844 482 5151*
Group bookings: 0844 482 5100*

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Original Donmar Warehouse cast




    Lynn is a playwright and screenwriter, and the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Her plays include Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Tony nomination, Obie Award) which moved to Broadway after a sold-out run at the Public Theater; Mlima’s Tale (Outer Critics Circle nomination); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk nomination); Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, Obie Award); Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics’ and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (Obie Award); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud; River; Stone; Por’knockers and POOF!. In addition, she is working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play Intimate Apparel into an opera. She has also developed This is Reading, a performance installation at the Franklin Street, Reading Railroad Station in Reading, Pennsylvania and was writer/producer on the first season of Netflix’s series She’s Gotta Have It, which was directed by Spike Lee. Lynn is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild, an Associate Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, and the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant Fellowship, Steinberg Mimi Distinguished Playwright Award, Doris Duke Artists’ Award and PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award among others.





    Lynette is a writer and director and the incoming Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre. She was Associate Director of the Gate from 2016 to 2017, and Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar from 2017 to 2018, where she worked on productions including The York Realist, Belleville, The Lady from the Sea and Knives in Hens. Lynette has commissioned and is curating Passages: A Windrush Celebration at the Royal Court, a series of seven monologue films, one of which she has written. She is also a co-founder of production company Black Apron Entertainment.

    Theatre includes: as director, Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe); This Is (Arts Educational School); Assata Taught Me (Gate); Indenture (Dark Horse Festival); The Rally (Stratford East); And Where There Once Were Two (Arcola); Assata: She WhoStruggles (Young Vic); Naked (Vault Festival); This Wide Night (Albany/Stonecrabs). As associate director, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Noël Coward). As writer, Hashtag Lightie (Arcola); Chicken Palace, Step (Stratford East).





    Frankie was a Linbury Prize Finalist in 2015 and a Jerwood Young Designer in 2017.

    Theatre includes: Cookies (Haymarket); Jerusalem, Nesting (Watermill, Newbury); On the Exhale (Traverse); Trying It On (UK Tour); This Is (Arts Educational School); Hansel (Salisbury Playhouse); Acceptance (Hampstead); Mercury Fur, Saved, Colder Than Here (GSMD); Easter (RADA); Oxy and the Morons (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Private Lives (UK Tour); Jess and Joe Forever, Di and Viv and Rose (Stephen Joseph, Scarborough); Assata Taught Me (Gate); Moth (Hope Mill, Manchester); Trestle, Orca (Southwark Playhouse); Loose Lips (Big House Theatre Company); La Ronde (Bunker Theatre); Clickbait, A First World Problem (Theatre503); Barbarians – JMK Award 2015 and Olivier Award nomination; 5 Plays Project, Fresh Direction Project (Young Vic); Grav (Torch Theatre, Wales); Stories from the Sea (Unity Theatre, Liverpool).
    Frankie has also worked as associate designer to Christopher Oram on many productions in the West End and on Broadway.





    For the Donmar: One Night in Miami…, The Vote (also broadcast live on More 4 on the night of the General Election), Berenice.

    Theatre includes: The Great Wave, Ugly Lies the Bone, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, The Holy Rosenburgs, The Passion, Happy Now? (NT); King Lear (Chichester/Duke of York’s); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, The Jew of Malta, Wendy and Peter Pan, The Winter’s Tale, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, The Drunks, The Grain Store (RSC); Girls and Boys, Lela & Co, Routes, The Witness, Disconnect (Royal Court); My City, Ruined (Almeida); Calendar Girls the Musical (National Tour); White Teeth (Kiln); Holy Sh!t, The Invisible Hand, Multitudes, Paper Dolls, Bracken Moor (Tricycle); Red Velvet (Tricycle/ St. Ann’s Warehouse, NY/Garrick); Handbagged (Tricycle/Vaudeville); Di and Viv and Rose (Vaudeville); The Importance of Being Earnest (Harold Pinter); Bakersfield Mist, Ghosts (Duchess); The Madness of George III (Apollo); The King’s Speech (Chichester); To Kill a Mockingbird (Regent’s Park Open Air/Barbican); The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe/Lincoln Centre, NY/Kennedy Centre, Washington/Chicago Shakespeare/Chinese Tour); Les Misérables (Wermland Opera); My Fair Lady (Cameron Mackintosh’s UK & US Tours); After Miss Julie (Young Vic); Saved, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lyric Hammersmith); Right Now, Thérèse Raquin, The Big Meal, King Lear, Candida (Theatre Royal Bath); Hobson’s Choice, The Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air); Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park With George (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris); A Number, Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory); Genesis Inc., Gloria, Occupational Hazards, Reasons To Be Happy, Private Lives, The Giant, Glass Eels, Comfort Me With Apples (Hampstead); Restoration (Headlong); Pride and Prejudice, Hamlet, The Caretaker, The Comedy of Errors, Bird Calls, Iphigenia (Sheffield).

    Opera includes: Werther (Scottish Opera); The Merry Widow (Opera North/Sydney Opera House); Samson et Delilah, Lohengrin, The Trojan Trilogy, The Nose, The Gentle Giant (ROH); Pinocchio (National Ballet of Canada).





    Theatre includes: Nine Night (NT/Trafalgar Studios); A Very Very Very Dark Matter (Bridge); The Lover/The Collection, One for the Road/A New World Order/Mountain Language/Ashes to Ashes (Harold Pinter); The Mountaintop (Young Vic/UK Tour);The Importance of Being Earnest (Vaudeville); An Octoroon (Orange Tree/NT); Frost/Nixon, Tribes (Sheffield); Yous Two (Hampstead); Baskerville (Liverpool Playhouse); The Secret Garden (Theatre By The Lake/York Theatre Royal); Poison, German Skerries (Orange Tree); Much Ado About Nothing, Imogen, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe); Guards at the Taj, Visitors (Bush); Killer – Off-West End Award for Best Sound Design, The Pitchfork Disney (Shoreditch Town Hall, co-designed with Ben and Max Ringham); The Homecoming – Olivier Award nomination (Jamie Lloyd Company at Trafalgar Studios); The Convert, In the Night Time, Eclipsed (Gate); Harrogate, Fireworks, Liberian Girl (Royal Court); The Island (Young Vic); Noises Off (Nottingham Playhouse/UK Tour); Brave New World, Regeneration (Touring Consortium); A Breakfast of Eels (Print Room); peddling (HighTide/59E59); Mametz (National Theatre of Wales); Moth (HighTide/Bush); The Seven Year Itch (Salisbury Playhouse).