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Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize winning Sweat has transferred to the Gielgud Theatre
In 2011, Lynn Nottage began spending time with the people of Reading, Pennsylvania: officially one of the poorest cities in the USA. During the following two years, she dug deep into the forgotten heart of middle America, finding a city divided by racial tension and the collapse of industry. Sweat is the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that Lynn Nottage wrote following her experience. Her tale of friends pitted against each other by big business, and the decline of the American Dream received its UK premiere at the Donmar, directed by former Donmar Resident Assistant Director and Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre Lynette Linton and is now set to transfer to the Gielgud Theatre.
  • local_play Tickets from only £8
  • date_range Jun 7, 2019 → Jul 20, 2019
  • assistant Gielgud Theatre
    Shaftesbury Avenue,London, W1V 8AR
  • subway Picadilly Circus
  • access_time 2hr 25 min (inc interval)
  • supervised_user_circle Recommended for ages 14+
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Rated 4.4 out of 5 (70 Reviews)
  • Review Avatar Jun 11, 2019

    I left at the interval and to be honest I would have left sooner if I could have! Utter waste of my time and money

  • Review Avatar Jun 12, 2019

    Wonderful play. It was very organized, from the online booking to the picking up of the tickets. A very smooth operation. Very satisfied with your service. Thank you.

  • Review Avatar Jun 12, 2019

    Excellent show. Thought provoking and also entertaining.

  • Review Avatar Jun 12, 2019

    A brilliant show, go see.

  • Review Avatar Jun 14, 2019

    Sweat is a very well-written, moving play. Every scene feels relevant and true and the performances are universally excellent.

  • Review Avatar Jun 14, 2019

    Superb and topical play -go to understand why politicians like Trump resonate with many blue collar workers who feel 'left behind' and ignored. Searing production and characters you weep for. Simply unmissable.

  • Review Avatar Jun 14, 2019

    A brilliantly acted play which gave one food for thought about the predicaments of those in parts of America and elsewhere who have little choice about where they work and are left high and dry when that work changes or ceases.

  • Review Avatar Jun 15, 2019

    Excellent narrative well acted.Thatre seating poor,insufficient slope.

  • Review Avatar Jun 16, 2019

    A very powerful production which resonates with is happening today. I have to comment on the support of the staff. I was late for the play and the the staff ensured that I got into the theatre when it was appropriate to do so. So thank you.

  • Review Avatar Jun 16, 2019

    Amazing play

  • Review Avatar Jun 16, 2019

    Fine acting and a story so true. I say as one raised near Reading in a similar small city. While understandable that the two women who were laid ff were so angry with their friend, the black woman who was promoted, they should have realized she coud not save theri jobs. Senior management and investors decided their fate And I was left wondering what happened to these two key characters, their fate left unknown while the others we saw what they were doing. My guess is tey live out their lives in givt assistance, Social Securityand never leave Reading, a fate for many who can not---for a number of reasons---leave the city of their birth despite thefactnthat that city is a shell of itself and holds no future for them. Turnig to opioids is another reaction to the despair and holiness as we saw with my favorite character, the blone women , mother of the boy. So I guess the two women who lost their jobs---or accepted the company's 60% pay cut, are still there.Or in a home for addiction. Capitalism which has provided better living standards for much of society is shown in its cruelest form here. Notably, in the US today not only has unemployment dropped to a 50 year low but wages are finally increasing---up 3% last year and more states are increasing the minimum wage of salaried workers. I was remeninded of a Billy Joel pop song, "Allentown" which mirrors Reading's plight and is geographically near by in PA. Highly recommend this play.

  • Review Avatar Jun 16, 2019

    We thought it had great impact, a completely absorbing story, terrific acting and stage management. The twist at the end well demonstrated the casualties from the issues being explored in the play.

  • Review Avatar Jun 17, 2019

    Powerful and thought-provoking. Wonderful experience to explore such complex, human issues!

  • Review Avatar Jun 19, 2019

    Good play, set in America in 2000 and 2008. Not totally sure about some of the American accents of the actors, but basically all excellent performances. Some of the dialogue possibly sounded a bit like a real person talking to a social researcher about their life. Set mainly in a pub there was surprisingly little banter / mickey taking which is the main basis of real life friendships. Stall seats for £25, good value!

  • Review Avatar Jun 21, 2019

    Gritty....

  • Review Avatar Jun 21, 2019

    Brilliant, atmospheric and moving play. Loved it.

  • Review Avatar Jun 22, 2019

    Thought provoking and well acted

  • Review Avatar Jun 23, 2019

    Acoustics poor. Dialogue not always easy to hear

  • Review Avatar Jun 23, 2019

    Strong characters and great set! Gritty and strong language. A rather gloomy tale of loss and hardship!

  • Review Avatar Jun 23, 2019

    An intelligent and well acted play. Well directed