Paperback, 120 pages ISBN: 9781848428188Publication Date:
13 Dec 2018
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
First Staged:
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2015


By Lynn Nottage

Paperback £9.99£7.99

On Stage at:
Donmar Warehouse, London
From Fri 7 Dec 2018 to Sat 26 Jan 2019
  • Pulitzer Prize for Drama - 2017
  • Susan Smith Blackburn Prize - 2016

In one of the poorest cities in America – Reading, Pennsylvania – a group of factory workers struggle to keep their present lives in balance, ignorant of the financial devastation looming in their near future.

Based on the playwright's extensive interviews with residents of Reading, Lynn Nottage's play Sweat is a tale of friends pitted against each other by big business, and a topical reflection of the present and poignant decline of the American Dream.

The play premiered in Oregon in 2015, before being produced at the Public Theater, New York, in 2016, and the following year on Broadway, where it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It received its UK premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in 2018, directed by Lynette Linton.

Blog Post: 'We all live within shouting distance of someone in crisis'. Lynn Nottage on her play Sweat, in an article on our blog.

Extra Content: 'We are a country that has lost our narrative. We can't project our future because we don't know where we are going.' Lynn Nottage on writing Sweat - interview in The Guardian, 2 December 2018.

Press Quotes

'Written by a dramatist of ambitious scope and fierce focus, Sweat is a bracingly topical portrait of American dreams deferred. It warrants serious applause'

New York Times

'A moral, passionate, and richly articulated cri de coeur'

Chicago Tribune

'A powerful critique of the American attitude toward class, and how it affects the decisions we make. Sweat has fraternity at its heart, but also the violence, and the suspicion that can result from class aspirations'

New Yorker

'Sweat never feels less than authentic — and crucial... Nottage gives us fully realized characters who, even when acting on their worst fears, are grippingly human'


'A timely drama... goes where few playwrights have dared to go — into the heart of working-class America'


'A passionate and necessary drama, a masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us… Along with the rage, despair, and violence, there's humor and abundant humanity'

Time Out New York

'A powerful and compassionate song of blue-collar despair'

Hollywood Reporter
Paperback, 120 pages ISBN: 9781848428188Publication Date:
13 Dec 2018
Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

Also by Lynn Nottage:

Intimate Apparel
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Sweat (US edition)
Crumbs from the Table of Joy and other plays
Intimate Apparel & Fabulation: Two Plays

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