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Sweat will transfer to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre

Sweat will transfer to the West End's Gielgud Theatre

Donmar Warehouse play Sweat makes West End transfer

Robin Johnson

By Robin Johnson First Published 8 February 2019, Last Updated 11 February 2019

It’s been one of the breakout hit London plays of the past few months. And this morning, it was announced that the Donmar Warehouse‘s production of Sweat, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a poverty-stricken community in forgotten America, will play a limited 6-week run in the West End this summer.

Directed by Lynette Linton, the new Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, Sweat has received critical acclaim during its run at the Donmar – acclaim to be richly awarded when the show transfers to the Gielgud Theatre from Friday 7 June until Saturday 20 July.

Martha Plimpton will reprise her role as Tracey in the production, with further casting due to be announced.

Martha Plimpton (Tracey) in Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse (Photo: Johan Persson)Martha Plimpton (Tracey) in Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse (Photo: Johan Persson)

Sweat is based on Nottage’s experience of living in Reading, Pennsylvania – officially one of the poorest cities in the USA – for 2 years. There, she discovered a city full of passion, but suffering from the collapse of industry – and with racial tensions and anger mounting, she penned her play based on the shocking ramifications for the community. The show is set in an all-American bar, and centres on factory workers and local residents.

The show is the first production of outgoing Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s final season at the Donmar Warehouse. She said of the announcement, “We are overjoyed to be able to bring Lynette Linton’s scorching production of Lynn Nottage’s great play to a bigger audience. We’re grateful for the people who have worked to make it happen.”

Nottage added: “I’m beyond thrilled that this beautiful and haunting production of Sweat will have the opportunity to be in dialogue with a larger audience in the West End.”


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