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The Donmar's production of Sweat transfers to the West End

Martha Plimpton as Tracey

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Donmar Warehouse’s sold-out production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sweat by Lynn Nottage is transferring to the Gielgud Theatre for a limited six week run – from Friday, June 7 to Saturday, July 20, 2019.

Martha Plimpton (pictured) will reprise her role as Tracey, with further casting to be announced.

Speaking about the transfer, Sweat Playwright Lynn Nottage said: “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.”

Josie Rourke, Donmar Warehouse Artistic Director, said: “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.”

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.

Centered around the friendships of factory workers and set in an all-American bar, the play explores the relationships, resentments and fears of a community left divided by de-industrialisation. Simmering racial tensions and mounting anger lead to a devastating outcome for the residents of Reading, Pennsylvania.

Martha Plimpton’s many theatre credits include Other Desert Cities (Old Vic), Company (New York Philharmonic), A Delicate Balance (John Golden, NY), Pal Joey (Roundabout, NY), Top Girls (MTC), Cymbeline, The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Centre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles (Public, NY, Shakespeare in the Park), Hedda Gabler, The Glass Menagerie, Playboy of the Western World, The Libertine (Steppenwolf) and Uncle Vanya, The Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosensweig, Robbers (Seattle Reperatory Theater).

Sweat is directed by Lynette Linton and designed by Frankie Bradshaw, with lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, sound design and musical composition by George Dennis, movement direction by Polly Bennett, video design by Gino Ricardo Green and fight direction by Kate Waters.

Tickets: From £15. To book, call the box office on 0844 482 5151 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s legendary musical comedy Company continues at the Gielgud Theatre until March 30, 2019. Also at the Gielgud, Les Misérables – The All-Star Staged Concert (August 10 to November 30, 2019).