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The cast of Sweat chat about the award-winning play

The hit play will run at the Gielgud Theatre for a limited run

Following a sold-out run at the Donwar Warehouse, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat will transfer to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre for just 50 performances.

Based on interviews with residents of the rustbelt town of Reading, Pennsylvania, Sweat is a “breath-taking new play” (The Guardian) that delivers “a knock-out blow of theatrical force” (Daily Telegraph). It examines the lives of factory workers facing de-industrialisation and explores what happens when friendships strain under fear, anger and racial tensions.

Officially one of the poorest cities in the USA, playwright Nottage began spending time with the people of Reading in 2011. 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 – and a devastating outcome for the divided community.

Find out more about the play directly from cast members Osy Ikhule and Patrick Gibson above, and watch the trailer for the show below:

Going on to win Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Sweat is a tale of friends pitted against each other by big business and the decline of the American Dream. Sweat received its UK premiere at the Donmar, directed by former Donmar Resident Assistant Director and Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre Lynette Linton, and will now transfer to the West End’s Gielgud Theatre.

Tony Award winner Martha Plimpton will reprise her role as Tracey, as will Clare Perkins as Cynthia, Leanne Best as Jessie, Osy Ikhile as Chris, Sebastian Viveros as Oscar, Stuart McQuarrie as Stan, Sule Rimi as Evan, and Wil Johnson as Brucie.

Tickets for Sweat are available now through