‘The year’s most powerful play’
‘Sweat is a play for today. And it’s truly terrific’
Daily Telegraph Guardian Time Out
Evening Standard Financial Times What’s on Stage
The transfer of the sold-out Donmar Warehouse production of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play SWEAT is now in its final weeks at the Gielgud Theatre.
‘The year’s most powerful play’ (Observer) delivers ‘a knock-out blow of theatrical force’(Daily Telegraph) as it explores the forgotten heart of middle America in Reading, Pennsylvania, a once-proud manufacturing hub of the American Dream.
Set in an all-American downtown bar, this ‘breathtaking new play’ (The Guardian) ‘effortlessly flits between humour, heartbreak and trauma’ (Broadway World) as it follows the lives and relationships of factory floor workers. As the threat of de-industrialisation looms, simmering racial tensions and mounting anger lead to a devastating outcome for the divided community.
‘By turns profound, terrifying, earthy and witty, Lynette Linton’s superbly calibrated production excels from start to finish’ (Evening Standard) and ‘gives a fascinating insight into Trump’s America’ (The Times). This ‘humane, heartbreaking’ and ‘magnificent’ play (Financial Times) is an ‘an absorbing and moving cry from the heart’ (What’s On Stage), ‘a masterpiece’ (Time Out).
Don’t miss your chance to see this critically acclaimed five-star play. Must end 20 July.
Access description: One 10cm step up into the foyer, through swing doors. Box Office on the right. There is a sofa in the foyer. Handrails on both sides of staircases. All steps are highlighted. Dress Circle up 3 steps (2 steep steps between rows). Ramp available to give level access to front of Dress Circle. 20 steps down to the Stalls and 30 up to the Upper Circle from an entrance on Shaftesbury Avenue to the right of the main foyer entrance. The upper circle also has two steep steps between each row.
Sound Amplification: Sennheiser infra-red system with 15 headsets + 2 which attach tp haring aides – collect your headsets from the cloakroom: name and address required. The best reception is in the front area of all levels of the auditorium. Induction loop at the Box Office.
Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are permitted inside the auditorium. Alternatively, staff are happy to dog-sit for 2 guide dogs per performance.
Disabled Access: Entrance to the auditorium is through the third side EXIT door on Rupert Street. Ask a member of staff to open this for you. One 12cm step up to the front of the Dress Circle. Venue suitable for scooters. B5 + B30 are wheelchair spaces. Companions to be seated in B6 + B29. Seats on the end of row B also act as transfer seats.
Toilets: 16 steps up to the women's and men's from the foyer. There are toilets situated on all levels of the auditorium.
Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet in foyer near the bar