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‘The year’s most powerful play’


The transfer of the sold-out Donmar Warehouse production of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play SWEAT is now in its final weeks at the Gielgud Theatre.

The year’s most powerful play’ (Observer) delivers ‘a knock-out blow of theatrical force’ (Daily Telegraph) as it explores the forgotten heart of middle America in Reading, Pennsylvania, a once-proud manufacturing hub of the American Dream.

Set in an all-American downtown bar, this ‘breathtaking new play’ (The Guardian) ‘effortlessly flits between humour, heartbreak and trauma’ (Broadway World) as it follows the lives and relationships of factory floor workers. As the threat of de-industrialisation looms, simmering racial tensions and mounting anger lead to a devastating outcome for the divided community.

‘By turns profound, terrifying, earthy and witty, Lynette Linton’s superbly calibrated production excels from start to finish’ (Evening Standard) and ‘gives a fascinating insight into Trump’s America’ (The Times). This ‘humane, heartbreaking’ and ‘magnificent’ play (Financial Times) is an ‘an absorbing and moving cry from the heart’ (What’s On Stage), ‘a masterpiece’ (Time Out).

Don’t miss your chance to see this critically acclaimed five-star play. Must end 20 July.



‘Sweat is a play for today. And it’s truly terrific’

The Times


★★★★★                    ★★★★★                    ★★★★★

Daily Telegraph          Guardian                     Time Out


★★★★★                    ★★★★★                    ★★★★★

Evening Standard       Financial Times            What’s on Stage

Sweat reviews

12 reviews
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18 Jul 2019

We were all (4 of us) disappointed with the show especially after all the hype that went with the play. The actors did what they could and there were good moments....but overall the play did not hold together well. The structure was confusing. It was not clear at all when the flashbacks were. The ending was weak and strange. There was also a strange recording going on during the second act in the background which was most distracting and had nothing to do with the play.

stewart permutt
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17 Jul 2019

The dialogue, the characters the relationships just leapt across the stage into the audience. The play had many strong themes, exclusivity, racism , violence but it was the brilliantly drawn characters and the very real performances that will stay in my mind. Brilliantly directed of a major masterpiece of American theatre

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16 Jul 2019

Script was good, acting, very passionate but often couldn’t quite catch the words as the speech was not always clear enough. For me, there was too much shouting when more controlled raised voices would have worked. Difficult to understand the dialogue when people are shouting 😐

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13 Jul 2019

This was around the time of the crash in 2007 in the USA but allows us to experience the emotional impact on the poor and powerless when the owner class play with their lives. I'm getting on so I would have wished some of the male actors to speak up a bit.....

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11 Jul 2019

Excellent play and passionate acting.


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Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR

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When Can I Go

Friday 7th June - Saturday 20th July 2019

Where Do I Go

Shaftesbury Avenue