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Shaftesbury Avenue 39, London W1D 6AR

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Closed July 20, 2019

a knock-out blow of theatrical force

Daily Telegraph (off-West End run)

Why See Sweat?

Plays2019 Olivier NomineesTrue-life HistoricalDrama

nominated for 2019's Oliver award for best new play!

After a five-star run at the Donmar Warehouse, Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Sweat heads to the Gielgud for a strictly limited 50 performance run this June. Branded as a "breathtaking new play" (Guardian) Sweat dives into the heart of forgotten middle America and the communities that are left behind.

Based upon the town of Reading, Pennsylvania, a once-thriving industrial own which has left to rot in modern times, Sweat centres on the town's divided inhabitants. With simmering racial tensions, anger and resentment encompassing them, Reading's locals are heading towards disaster. 

Lynette Linton returns to direct with Martha Plimpton reprising her starring role as Tracey. 

Reading, Pennsylvania

Whilst conceiving the play Nottage headed to Reading which, at the time (2011), was one of the United States' poorest towns. With its poverty level at over 40%, Nottage talked and interviewed its residents, exploring what happens to the communities left behind after de-industrialisation, and how they struggle to survive. 

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Opening night: 7 June 2019

Cast and Creative


Martha Plimpton as Tracey
Leanne Best as Jessie
Patrick Gibson as Jason
Osy Ikhile as Chris
Wil Johnson as Brucie
Stuart McQuarrie as Stan
Clare Perkins as Cynthia
Sule Rimi as Evan
Sebastian Viveros as Oscar


Written by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Lynette Linton
Designed by Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Design by Oliver Fenwick
Sound and Composition by George Dennis
Movement by Polly Bennett
Video Design by Gino Ricardo Green
Fight Direction by Kate Waters


Olivier Awards 2019, Nominations

Best New Play

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GUT wrenching Hit

Shocking yet real, SWEAT is as timely as ever

After a five star run at one of London's most exciting venues, Lynn Nottage's SWEAT moves from the Donmar Warehouse to the bright lights of Shaftesbury Avenue where it is grinding away for a limited six-week run.

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