Gielgud Theatre · 07 JUN - 20 JUL

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

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

Evening Standard

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


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

The Stage

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

The Guardian

Date & time

Opening 07 Jun
Fri 7 Jun - Sat 20 Jul, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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