3.6 (19) · Contemporary, New Writing

Based on interviews with residents of the rustbelt town of Reading, Pennsylvania.

“This transfer comes with rave reviews from the Donmar Warehouse. Set in the US, this is a play about life in the crumbling rust belt of America – but it’s an experience that’s relevant to communities across the UK that feel left behind. Highly recommended if you’re interested in the human experiences behind the big economic shifts of the 21st century.”
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3 April 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“There will be just 50 performances of Lynette Linton’s nimble and beautifully acted production, which transfers from the Donmar. There is plenty of meat in Lynne Nottage’s play which is very much about one place in America affected by globalisation and industrial decline. But it is also a very timely play for the UK, speaking to the here and no—and what happens when communities crumble and resentments and fear surfaces and nostalgia corrodes our dreams of the future.”


Centred 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.

Critic reviews

Director Lynette Linton and her impeccable cast bring a real sense of history and weight to the play’s relationships

The Upcoming

Director Lynette Linton brings out the very best in this cast

Broadway World

Yet for all of its muscular dialogue and acting, for its righteous anger, great heart and intimations of the future, Sweat leaves us a bit dry


Lynette Linton’s production is sharply focused

Evening Standard

This production doesn’t always quite deliver on its promises

London Box Office

From a seam of life that might look bleak in its present day, Nottage has mined absolute gems

The Arts Desk

Date & time

Show ended
Fri 7 Jun - Sat 20 Jul, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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