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The Grapes of Wrath

Based on the novel by John Steinbeck
Adapted by Frank Galati

Booking and details

17 July — 14 September 2024
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The event location is

Lyttelton Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

The great American novel reimagined

Forced to travel West in search of a promised land, the Joad family embark on an epic journey across America in the hope of finding work and a new life in California.

Their story is one of false hopes, wrong turns and broken dreams, but also a hymn to human kindness and a tribute to the endurance of the human spirit.

Carrie Cracknell (Julie, The Deep Blue Sea) directs Frank Galati’s award-winning adaptation of John Steinbeck’s masterpiece. Tony Award-winner Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie, Succession) plays Ma Joad in this moving and deeply atmospheric story of a struggle against a hostile climate to find a place to call home.


Please note: This production includes strong language and depictions of migration, homelessness, starvation, violence and death including still birth. Read more for detailed content warnings.


Cast includes

Cherry Jones

Ma Joad

Production team


Carrie Cracknell

Set Designer

Alex Eales

Costume Designer

Evie Gurney 

Evie Gurney 

Lighting Designer

Guy Hoare


Stuart Earl

Original Songs by

Maimuna Memon

Maimuna Memon

Casting Director

Alastair Coomer CDG

Alastair Coomer CDG

Casting Director

Naomi Downham

Naomi Downham

Staff Director

Georgia Green

Georgia Green

Ticket prices

Monday – Saturday evenings and matinees:
£20, £34, £49, £69, £89

Previews 17 – 22 July:
£20, £26, £35, £49, £64

For concessions and discounts, see Ways to save

Please note the 6.30pm start time on the following performances: Tue 20 Aug, Thu 29 Aug, Thu 5 Sep and Tue 10 Sep.

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Prices may change according to demand

Assisted performances


BSL Interpreted

Audio described

No Chilled performance available.


The interpreter for the BSL performance will be announced closer to the performance date.

Audio-described performances are preceded by a Touch Tour, 90 minutes before the performance start time. Call the Access line on 020 7452 3961 to book Touch Tours.

We have an allocation of tickets held for members of our Access scheme and if any of the assisted performances above are shown as “Sold Out”, tickets may still be available: Please log in to your account to view all available tickets, or call Box Office on 020 7452 3961

Smart caption glasses

Are planned to be available for performances of The Grapes of Wrath from 7pm, Thursday 1 August.



Art direction and design by National Theatre Graphic Design Studio