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Full casting announced for Sweat at the Donmar Warehouse

Casting news

FULL casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Lynette Linton’s production of Sweat. Written by Lynn Nottage, it runs at the Donmar Warehouse from December 19, 2018 (previews from December 7) to January 26, 2019.

The line up includes Leanne Best (as Jessie), Patrick Gibson (Jason), 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, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that Lynn Nottage wrote following her experience, is a tale of friends pitted against each other by big business and the decline of the American Dream.

Leanne Best makes her Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweat. Her numerous theatre credits include The Human Voice (Gate Theatre), Educating Rita, The Matchbox, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Hypochondriac, The May Queen, Our Country’s Good, Fleet Street Nativity, The Way Home, Unprotected, The Morris, Macbeth, Popcorn (Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse), The Matchbox (Tricycle), Damned by Despair (National Theatre) and Desperately Seeking Susan (Novello Theatre).

Her equally numerous screen credits include Carnival Row, Cold Feet, Babs, Good Karma Hotel, Home Fires, Undercover, HG Wells – The Purple Pileus, Line of Duty, From Darkness, The Outcast, Ripper Street, New Tricks, Shetland, Heatwave, Wire in the Blood and Casualty (TV); Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, The Infiltrator, Native, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, The Be All and End All and Casbah – A Documentary (film).

Patrick Gibson also makes his Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweat. His TV and film credits include The OA, The White Princess, Guerrilla, The Passing Bells, Neverland, The Tudors, Tolkien, The Darkest Minds, In A Relationship, Their Finest and What Richard Did.

Also making his Donmar debut is Osy Ikhile, whose theatre credits include Torn (Royal Court), Sweet Love Remembered (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Your Number’s Up (Roundhouse Theatre). His screen credits include The Feed, Black Mirror, The Greatest of All Time, Childhood’s End, The Fear, Fresh Meat, Twenty Twelve, Blackout, Tom and Jenny, Misfits, Phone Shop, Daphne, Sand Castle, Beautiful Devils, Tarzan, Mission Impossible 5, Kill Your Friends, Jet Trash, In the Heart of the Sea, Victim and The Anomaly.

Wil Johnson is also making his Donmar Warehouse debut in Sweat. His theatre credits include Leave Taking (Bush Theatre), Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Old Vic), King Lear (Royal Exchange, Manchester), A Wolf In Snakeskin Shoes (Tricycle Theatre), Fuente Ovejuna (National Theatre), A Mad World My Masters (Shakespeare’s Globe), Serious Money (Birmingham Rep), The Queen and I (Out Of Joint), Torn (Arcola Theatre) and the lead in Othello (Royal Lyceum).

Johnson’s screen credits include Carnival Row, Outlander, Vera, Waking the Dead, Lewis, The Five and Clocking Off, Moving On, Cracker, Waterloo Road, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Adulthood, Anuvahood, Midnight Breaks, Dead End and Macbeth.

Stuart McQuarrie returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his performances in The God of Hell, The Dark and The Life of Stuff. His other theatre credits include Creditors (Edinburgh Lyceum), My Country (National Tour) and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre). His screen work includes Ordeal by Innocence, Outlander, Tennison, Hollow Crown, Dickensian, The Dad’s Army Story, Virtuoso, Another Year, Mr Turner, Harlots, Tennison and Angel Has Fallen.

Clare Perkins is also making her Donmar debut. Her numerous theatre credits include Mrs Dalloway (Arcola Theatre), Emilia (Shakespeare’s Globe), Genesis Inc (Hampstead Theatre), Daisy Pulls It Off (Park Theatre), Primetime (Royal Court), Roundelay (Southwark Playhouse), The House That Will Not Stand, Fabulation, How Long is Never (Tricycle Theatre), Welcome To Thebes (National Theatre) and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time (National Theatre/UK Tour).

Perkins screen credits include Damned, Shoot The Messenger, Family Affairs, EastEnders, Bullet Boy, The Riots, Men Behaving Badly, Death In Paradise, Clapham Common, Talk To Me, Big Women, Babyfather, Casualty, The Bill, All in The Game, Pigheart Boy, Been So Long, Ladybird Ladybird, Secrets and Lies, Whole New Heart, Hallelujah Anyway, 7 Lives and Blacklands.

Martha Plimpton is also making her Donmar debut. Her many theatre credits include Other Desert Cities (Old Vic), Company (New York Philharmonic), A Delicate Balance (John Golden, NY), Pal Joey (Roundabout, NY), Top Girls (MTC), Cymbeline, The Coast of Utopia (Lincoln Centre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pericles (Public, NY, Shakespeare in the Park), Hedda Gabler, The Glass Menagerie, Playboy of the Western World, The Libertine (Steppenwolf) and Uncle Vanya, The Heidi Chronicles, The Sisters Rosensweig, Robbers (Seattle Reperatory Theater).

Plimpton’s screen work includes The Real O’Neals, Younger, The Good Wife, Raising Hope, How To Make It In America, Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, ER, Hello Again, Company, Pecker, 200 Cigarettes, Eye of God, I’m Not Rappaport, I Shot Andy Warhol, Beautiful Girls, Mrs Parker & The Vicious Circle, Stanley & Iris, Parenthood, Another Woman, Running On Empty, Stars & Bars, Shy People, The Mosquito Coast, The Goonies and The River Rat.

Plimpton is appearing with the permission of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange programme between the American Equity and UK Equity.

Sule Rimi returns to the Donmar Warehouse following his role in Measure for Measure. His many theatre credits include Love and Information, Desire Under the Elms (Sheffield Theatres), Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre/Australia and New Zealand Tour), Mary Stuart, They Drink It In The Congo (Almeida Theatre), The Suicide (National Theatre), Bordergame (National Theatre of Wales) and Stanley’s Magic Lamp and The Heart of Darkness (Twm O’r Nant).

Rimi’s screen credits include Death in Paradise, Black Earth Rising, Birds of a Feather Christmas Special, Strikeback, Casualty, Unforgotten, Stella, Mistresses, Crash, Caerdydd, The Black Lion, Y Pris, Scrum IV, Doctor Who, Fondue, Sex and Dinosaurs, The Story of Tracey Beaker and Outside the Rules (TV); Ashens and The Quest for the Game Child, Bad Fucking, The Adventurer: Curse of The Midas Box, Silent Night, Bloody Night, The Homecoming, The Machine, Elfie Hopkins and the Gammons, Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection, Eastern Promises, Daddy’s Girl and Starter for Ten (film).

Also making his Donmar debut is Sebastian Viveros, whose theatre credits include Bob, Balm in Gilead, After Troy, Golden Boy (Drama Centre London), Night of the Iguana (Geneva English Drama Society) and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Ecolint). He has also appeared on TV in Our Girl.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 3282 3808 (no booking fees, £1 postage fee may apply) or visit www.donmarwarehouse.com/.

Measure for Measure continues at the Donmar Warehouse until December 1, 2018.