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The Donmar Warehouse has announced further casting for the forthcoming West End transfer of Lynn Nottage‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Sweat, which transfers to London’s Gielgud Theatre for a limited 6-week run from Friday 7 June 2019 for 50 performances only, following a critically-acclaimed sell-out run at the Donmar.
Returning from Lynette Linton’s acclaimed original Donmar run are Leanne Best (Jessie), Osy Ikhile (Chris), Wil Johnson (Brucie), Stuart McQuarrie (Stan), Clare Perkins (Cynthia), Martha Plimpton (Tracey), Sule Rimi (Evan) and Sebastian Viveros (Oscar).
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.
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.
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