National Theater Company of KOREA

SWEAT 스웨트: 땀, 힘겨운 노동 Poster


18 Jun, 2021~ 18 Jul, 2021

  • Venue

    Myeongdong Theater 

  • Genre


  • Show Time

    Weekdays 7.30pm ㅣSat & Sun 3pmㅣNo performance on Tuesday

  • Tickets

    R 50,000KRW | S 35,000KRW | A 20,000KRW

  • Duration

    175 minutes. Subject to change.

  • Enquiry


    Language Korean

    * English subtitles are provided on Thursdays and Sundays.


    Age Restriction Suitable for ages 14 and over

※ In line with the current social distancing measures (Level 2) enforced by the South Korean government in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we leave seats between different groups empty.

- Bookings may be made for groups of up to 4 people.

- One seat on either side of each group will be left empty.


※ As per our preventive measures against Covid-19, all visitors will be required to fill out a mobile questionnaire and have their temperature checked before entering the theater. Please allow extra time for these quarantine procedures.


※ In the event of a confirmed case or a close contact of Covid-19, the production may be suspended or cancelled, and all tickets will be fully refunded without incurring cancellation fees. We will send out further instructions on how to proceed with the cancellation.


The 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The 2017 Obie Award for Playwriting

The 2017 Tony Award Nomination for Best Play

The 2019 Evening Standard Play of the Year Award



Pulitzer Prize Winner SWEAT by Lynn Nottage


Following up on last year’s hugely successful online run, NTCK’s production of Sweat returns to stage. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage uses her sharp intellect to give voice to the marginalized in this captivating play about the struggle of workers crushed by the enormous system. Among the vivid characters—portrayed by our stellar cast including Park Sang Won—we witness solidary, conflict and hope for the future. A must-see production with such clear and bold messages about labor issues and racial discrimination.






“You’re fired.”


Cynthia is promoted to supervisor after silently enduring racial and gender discrimination as well as all sorts of humiliation. Her sense of accomplishment is short-lived however, as it is left to Cynthia to deliver layoff notices to her colleagues when the company decides to reduce expenses. They used to comfort each other over after-work drinks, but now Cynthia’s friends condemn her from behind the picket line. She must prove that her choice is not an act of betrayal: “Remember, one of us has to be left standing to fight.”



Written by Lynn Nottage

Named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019, playwright Lynn Nottage has created powerful drama that examines various social issues. In 2017, she was awarded her second Pulitzer Prize for Sweat , following her 2009 play Ruined, which told the history of cruel abuse inflicted on women in Congo.



Directed by Ahn Kyungmo

Director Ahn Kyungmo offers delicate and sharp analyses of human nature and psychology, and creates deep dramatic sensibility on stage. His major works include Winds Shaking the Stars, a calm, consoling play about the lives of ordinary people in modern society; And Another Day, the winner of Grand Prize at the 2012 Seoul Theater Festival that questions underlying hope in life; and Haemoo, which took the theater world by storm and was selected by The Korean Theatre Review as one of the 7 Best Productions of 2007.