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A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

The Grapes of Wrath

Cherry Jones, Harry Treadaway, and Natey Jones in The Grapes of Wrath.

July 17 – Sept 14, 2024
Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PX, UK

Perhaps the term “Great American Novel” gets thrown around too often, but John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is undoubtedly a GAN, and one of the few possessing an acclaimed stage adaptation. Created by the late Frank Galati with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, it was first shown in Chicago in 1988, and then headed for Broadway in 1990, where it won three Tony Awards. It’s now being revived by London’s National Theatre, with Carrie Cracknell directing. The play tells the story of the Joad family, who journey across Depression-era America in search of work. The cast includes the terrific Cherry Jones (Succession) and Harry Treadway (Penny Dreadful). Although the novel was published nearly a century ago, its theme—the struggle to find a place to call home—is just as resonant today. —Alice Browne

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