About the showPlaywright Lynn Nottage's scorching play Sweat received sweeping critical acclaim at the Donmar Warehouse. Now the production, directed by Lynette Linton, transfers to the Gielgud Theatre for a strictly limited 50 performances, beginning from 7 June 2019.
Set in America's poverty-stricken Reading, Pennsylvania, Sweat examines the intersection of class, race and identity against the backdrop of industrial collapse. Three best friends have worked at the local factory for years, habitually drinking in the same bar after each gruelling shift. The chance for a promotion offers escape from life on the factory floor, but threatens to drive a wedge between their friendship. What's more, rumours have been brewing that their jobs are in danger, with new workers willing to work for a much lower wage. With the faceless bosses hidden from sight in air-conditioned offices high above, friends and colleagues are pitted against each other in a doomed and desperate battle for survival.
Lynn Nottage's previous plays include Intimate Apparel, Ruined and By the Way, Meet Vera Stark. Sweat won her the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as the 2017 Obie Award for Playwrighting for its Public Theater run, and several Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations besides.
Martha Plimpton reprises her part as cynical factory worker Tracey. She is joined by the rest of the Donmar cast including Clare Perkins, Patrick Gibson, Leanne Best, Stuart McQuarrie, Sebastian Viveros, Sule Rimi, Osy Ikhile and Wil Johnson.
Design comes from Frankie Bradshaw, lighting is by Oliver Fenwick, sound and composition is courtesy of George Dennis, movement is by Polly Bennett, fight direction comes from Kate Waters and video is by Gino Ricardo Green.
The transfer is produced by Gavin Kalin, Mark Rubinstein, Joseph Baker, Micah Frank and James Quaife.
This is another chance to catch the eye-opening, essential Sweat. See it between 7 June and 20 July 2019 at the Gielgud Theatre.
Who Should See It?If you enjoyed Intimate Apparel or any of Nottage's previous works, you'll find Sweat still more powerful and resonant.