Set in 2000 and 2008 in the Rust Belt town of Reading, Pennsylvania, the play explores the impact of economic and political turmoil on the lives of a diverse group of steel workers. Lay-offs and picket lines tear apart friendships and family ties, as the devastating global financial crisis takes shape. Sweat will have particular resonance in the year that Donald Trump seeks re-election, and there are strong echoes of the aftermath of de-industrialisation in the UK. The intensity of the relationships and the razor-sharp dialogue are particularly well-suited to the Tower Theatre's intimate space.
The Tower Theatre Company is delighted to have the opportunity to produce this brilliant contemporary drama, which was described by The Observer's reviewer as "the year's most powerful play". Just a few months ago it completed a highly successful West End run after transferring from the Donmar on the back of 5-star reviews, and it won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play in November 2019. Sweat earned African-American author, Lynn Nottage, a second Pulitzer Prize in 2017.