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Leanne Best (Jessie), Martha Plimpton (Tracey), Clare Perkins  (Cynthia) in Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo Johan Persson

Leanne Best (Jessie), Martha Plimpton (Tracey), Clare Perkins (Cynthia) in Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo Johan Persson

Sweat extends run at the Donmar Warehouse

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell Published 10 January 2019

The critically acclaimed show Sweat will continue its run until 2 February due to exceptional demand.

Running at the Donmar Warehouse, the production is part of a series of shows and was meant to close on the 26 January. However, it seems like audiences can’t get enough of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, and so another week has been added onto its run.

Sweat is the story of friends pitted against each other by big business and the decline of the American Dream. Set in a Pennsylvania bar, the play centres on meetings between a parole officer and two ex-convicts, as well as three childhood friends who work in the same factory facing a dilemma.

The show’s talented cast are Leanne Best (Jessie), Patrick Gibson (Jason), Osy Ikhile (Chris), Wil Johnson (Brucie), Stuart McQuarrie (Stan), Clare Perkins (Cynthia), Martha Plimpton (Tracey), Sule Rimi (Evan) and Sebastian Viveros (Oscar).

The show is written Lynn Nottage, who created it after spending time in Reading, Pennsylvania: officially one of the poorest cities in the USA. During her time there she discovered racial tension and industries collapsing and used her experiences as inspiration for the show. Lynn has gone onto become the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama.

Sweat is directed by Lynette Linton, who’s the newly Artistic Director at The Bush Theatre, and was previously the Donmar’s Resident Assistant Director.

Tickets for the new run of Sweat shows will go on sale at 10am on Monday 14 January 2019 and will be available on the Donmar Warehouse website.

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