Lynn Nottage's


Lynn Nottage

Dawn Walton OBE

The Linbury Theatre

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Saturday 2 December at 7:45pm
Monday 4 December at 7:45pm
Tuesday 5 December at 2:15pm
Tuesday 5 December at 7:45pm*
Wednesday 6 December at 7:45pm

The running time is 2 hours 40 mins including an interval.

*This will be a relaxed performance. Find out more.

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About the show

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.

This is an amateur production.

Dawn was Founder, and former Artistic Director and Chief Executive, of Eclipse Theatre, the UK's principal Black-led national production company.  In 2020 she was awarded the OBE for services to theatre. 

Theatre includes The Death of a Black Man (Hampstead Theatre); Antigone (Mercury Theatre); The Gift (Eclipse Theatre/Belgrade Theatre/Theatre Royal Stratford East); salt (Schaubühne/Public Theater/Royal Court/Summerhall/Theatre Bristol/Yorkshire Festival. The Stage Edinburgh Award and Total Theatre Award for Experimentation, Innovation and Playing with Form); Red Dust Road (National Theatre of Scotland/EIF/HOME); Black Men Walking (Eclipse Theatre/Royal Court/Royal Exchange/UK Tour. Nominated for UK Theatre Award for Best New Play & Writer's Guild Award for Best Play); The Princess and the Hustler (Eclipse Theatre/Bristol Old Vic/UK Tour); A Raisin in the Sun (Eclipse Theatre/Crucible Theatre/UK Tour. Nominated for UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production); One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show (Eclipse Theatre/Tricycle Theatre/UK Tour); Jonzi D - Lyrikal Feata: The Letter (Sadler’s Wells); Michael X (Eclipse Theatre/Tabernacle/Rich Mix); There's Only One Wayne Matthews (Crucible Theatre); The Hounding of David Oluwale (Eclipse Theatre/West Yorkshire Playhouse. Nominated for TMA Award for Best Director); Oxford Street (nominated for Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), 93.2FM (also UK Tour), Rampage, Workers Writes, Drag-On, The Shining (all at Royal Court); Winners, The Blacks (Young Vic); Urban Legend (Liverpool Playhouse); Effie May (Oval House).

Television includes salt (Performance Director for BBC 4).

Film includes Samuel’s Trousers10by10, Babydoll, A Blues For Nia, Black Magic, Brown WidowMusic in the Bones, Omar, Parking WarsPerfumeRage, Two Tone.

Radio includes The Last Flag.

Lynn Nottage is the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Recent work includes the libretto for the opera Intimate Apparel (LCT), the book for the musical MJ (Broadway), Clyde’s (Broadway, 2ST), and the book for The Secret Life of Bees. Other credits include the libretto for Intimate Apparel the Opera (Lincoln Center Theater) and co-curating the performance installation The Watering Hole (Signature Theater). (Atlantic); Mlima’s Tale; Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Evening Standard Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award); Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Lortel, NY Drama Critics’ Circle, AUDELCO, Drama Desk and OCC awards); Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and NY Drama Critics' Circle). TV: Writer/Producer of She's Gotta Have It (Netflix), Consulting Producer on Dickinson (Apple TV+). Awards: PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship. She is a Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, and is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame and the Dramatists Guild.

Contains strong and offensive language, use of slurs, violence, alcohol use, alcoholism, smoking, haze, and sudden and loud noises. References to death, injury, attempted suicide, and drug use. Themes of racism, ableism, classism, and sexism.


Booking is now open. Once you have booked a ticket, you will receive an email confirmation. Read up on our latest audience guidelines here.

Members of the industry: secure your complimentary seat by emailing the Box Office​​​ on [email protected]

Pricing and concessions 

Tickets cost £14, but we have £7 concessions tickets available to Hammersmith & Fulham residents, schools, students, or people who are over 65, under 18 or are on Job Seeker's Allowance. You'll just need to provide proof of your eligibility when you collect your tickets at the Box Office. We offer a complimentary ticket for carers, to book please call the box office on 020 8834 0500. If you belong to our Pathways Programme or work with any of our Pathways Partners you are entitled to complimentary tickets. Please contact the box office to book.


If you have any additional requirements, you would like us to be aware of, please contact box office on 020 8834 0500. 

Booking your tickets 

Book your tickets online or by calling our box office on 020 8834 0500. 

Industry booking 

If you're a member of the industry, please email [email protected] to book your tickets. 

Ticket collection for in-person tickets

There is no need to collect tickets. You will be ticked off an attendance list on arrival. 


Unfortunately, all tickets are non-refundable.

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Dawn Walton OBE*

Lizzy Leech*

Lighting Designer
Ghoti Fisher

Sound Designer / Production Sound Engineer
Simon Fleming

Voice Director
Sofia Jones*

Movement & Fight Director
Steve Medlin*

Costume Supervisor
Tabitha Stock*

Wardrobe Assistant
Niamh Parsons*


Gabe Acevedo

Madison Coppola

Tamarra Graham 

Mimi Harlow Robinson

Nana Yaw Kyeremateng

Jerry Madison Jr 

Benjamin Raymant

Kieton Saunders-Browne
(2023 Graduate)

Will Steadman

Production Team

Stage Manager on Book
Isabel Buchanan

Assistant Stage Manager
Charlie Henley-Castleden

Production Manager
Peter Johnston

Production LX
Ciara Brady