4.5 (13) · New Writing

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 receives its UK premiere at the Donmar, directed by former Donmar Resident Assistant Director Lynette Linton.

Critic reviews

Over the two hours and eight years of the play, a knife is pushed slowly, steadily, methodically into the hearts of the residents and workers of Reading. A bomb has been sitting in the middle of the stage, in the middle of this country this whole time and we’re still shocked when it explodes


A knock-out blow of theatrical force

· The Telegraph

Lynn Nottage’s magnificent play at the Donmar Warehouse shows the personal cost of geopolitical shifts

· Financial Times

Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winner emerges even more strongly in London

· Arts Desk

Lynn Nottage’s devastating account of American industrial decline is a masterpiece

· Time Out

I can’t think of any recent play that tells us so much, and so vividly, about the state of the union

· The Guardian

Lynette Linton directs an assured production of Lynn Nottage's nuanced and moving study of a town in decline

· The Stage

It is a profound cry of agony and insight on behalf of the dispossessed and as strong a Christmas message as you could possibly wish for

· WhatsOnStage

Donmar bring late treat with outstanding drama of town's decline

· Evening Standard


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Fri 7 Dec - Sat 2 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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