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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

Customer Reviews

9 reviews
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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.

Sylvie Thorpe
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7 Jul 2019

Brilliant cast. Great Directing. Clever set. My husband wears hearing aids, although the cast were audible, a loop would help people who are hard of hearing to decipher strong accents, especially where rapid dialogue is used. He missed a very good production.

Paula Hawkins
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7 Jul 2019

A wonderful poignant production, highlighting the complexities and flaws of human friendships and relationships, within an insular community. When the fabric that binds them together, suddenly unravels, nothing’s as it once was. A funny, insightful, gritty, dramatic and tragic piece of realism. Sensational..

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24 Jun 2019

Well performed show with excellent acting by performers


When is it showing

Today - 20 Jul 2019

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Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6AR

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges available after purchase.

When Can I Go

Friday 7th June - Saturday 20th July 2019

Where Do I Go

Shaftesbury Avenue