About Sweat

Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat transfers to the Gielgud Theatre, after a critically acclaimed run at the Donmar Warehouse in 2018. The play offers insight into the lives of townsfolk in middle America, with Nottage meeting individuals who lived in Reading, Pennsylvania in 2011, then regarded as one of the poorest towns in the USA. Running for just 50 performances, Sweat explores how ordinary people are impacted by an ever-changing host of political, social and economic decisions. Must end 20th July.


Martha Plimpton reprises her performance as Tracey in Sweat. Previous theatre credits include Tony Award nominations in Pal Joey, Top Girls and The Coast of Utopia, but she has also received Emmy Award nominations for her roles in televisions series Raising Hope and The Good WifeClare Perkins also returns to Sweat, reprising her performance as Cynthia from the Donmar production.

Casting is completed by Leanne Best (Jessie), Patrick Gibson (Jason), Osy Ikhile (Chris), Wil Johnson (Brucie), Stuart McQuarrie (Stan), Sule Rimi (Evan) and Sebastian Viveros (Oscar).

What's the story?

A parole officer, two ex-convicts and three childhood friends who worked at the same factory congregate at a fictional bar in Reading, Pennsylvania. Scenes flip between the present day and eight years prior, as the play examines the cost of the American dream and the impact of collapsing industries to working-class American citizens. With management/worker divisions, as well as racial tensions breaking down friendships, the play examines how pockets of communities around America are all impacted by the changing political climate.


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Sweat Performance Dates & Times

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Gielgud Theatre

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Where is Sweat?

35-37 Shaftesbury Avenue London W1D 6AR
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
  • Parking: Brewer Street (3mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
  • Nearest Tube: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
  • Directions:

    (3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along the side where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross


  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible