‘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’
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Daily Telegraph Guardian Time Out
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Evening Standard Financial Times What’s on Stage
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.
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
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 😐
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.....
Excellent play and passionate acting.
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.
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..
Well performed show with excellent acting by performers
How the other half lives takes on a new meaning. Great acting and stage, conveying the emotion and hardship of working / non working class America. Addiction, prison, split loyalties and immigration are all in the mix. Really enjoyed it.
A powerful play about the consequences of life changing events to people in a close knit community. A strong performance from all the cast. Excellent use of images throughout, giving a feel for the era.
The opening scene takes a while to launch but then as main characters appear in the central bar,it grabs you completely. Despair, jealousy and destruction are wrought onstage in a play as relevant today as when it was written.
Brutally honest- Brilliant 👍
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Friday 7th June - Saturday 20th July 2019
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