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The Grapes of Wrath set for WY Playhouse

Yorkshire community ensemble to perform alongside professional company.

Critiquing America’s Great Depression and brought into a contemporary light with a live band playing throughout, The Grapes of Wrath will play at West Yorkshire Playhouse from the 24th May -10th June 2017.

Co-produced by Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Nottingham Playhouse, Royal & Derngate Northampton and West Yorkshire Playhouse, Steinbeck’s legendary The Grapes of Wrath is given a modern twist by director Abbey Wright.

A 40 strong community chorus are in rehearsals in Leeds for the stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic. Involving performers from across Yorkshire, the community ensemble play homage to the play’s themes of community and migration, representing and reflecting the local community and playing a vital role supporting the professional actors in the production.

West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Director of Creative Engagement Alex Ferris said: “We are delighted to have found a group of 40 fantastic individuals to take part in this show, not to mention the 6 young people from our Youth Theatre. This story is so pertinent to now – it’s been thoroughly fascinating to hear everyone’s take on the themes in rehearsals and how much they’ve taken the story into their hearts.”

The Grapes of Wrath is at West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Quarry Theatre from Wednesday 24th May – Saturday 10th June. Book online at or call the Box office on 0113 213 7700.


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