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The Grapes of Wrath

Based on the novel by John Steinbeck
Adapted by Frank Galati

A woman and two men sit together in front of the open flap of a canvas tent. Packing boxes and canvas bags are either side of them and an open fore is before them.

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) is joined by Harry Treadaway (The Chemistry of Death, Penny Dreadful) 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. It contains flashing lights and gun shots. Read more for detailed content warnings.



This production is supported by the Huo Family Foundation.


A woman sits in the dark in front of a tent with a sombre look on her face. A man rests his head on her shoulder.
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A man sits in the dark with a determined look on his face.
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Production team


Carrie Cracknell

Set Designer

Alex Eales

Costume Designer

Evie Gurney 

Lighting Designer

Guy Hoare

Movement Director

Ira Mandela Siobhan

Sound Designer

Donato Wharton


Stuart Earl

Original Songs by

Maimuna Memon

Music Director

Osnat Schmool

Osnat Schmool

Fight Director

Kate Waters

Casting Director

Alastair Coomer CDG

Alastair Coomer CDG

Casting Director

Naomi Downham

Naomi Downham


Patricia Ojehonmon

Intimacy Coordinator

Katharine Hardman for EK Intimacy

Dialect Coach

Hazel Holder

Voice Coach

Shereen Ibrahim

Shereen Ibrahim

Associate Sound Designer

Joe Dines

Staff Director

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.

Visit our Ticketing FAQs for information on how to book, ticket exchanges and more.

Prices may change according to demand

Assisted performances


BSL Interpreted

Audio described

No Chilled performance available.


Relaxed performance

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

Audio-described performances are preceded by a Touch Tour, which starts 90 minutes before the performance. If you would like to join a Touch Tour, please call the Access line at 020 7452 3961. The tours must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

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