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“The Grapes of Wrath”: review(s) of performance at New Wimbledon Theatre

Posted in grapes of wrath, previews, reviews, theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , on 5 October, 2009 by ambarussa

Here’s a first review of last weekend’s performances of “The Grapes of Wrath” at New Wimbledon Theatre. I’ll update this post if there should be more.


“(…) Despite being superbly acted by the large English Touring Theatre cast, under the direction of Jonathan Church, the three hours of unremitting misery which it entails as the sad story of the Joad family unfolds is heavy duty stuff. (…)”

“(…) Damian O’Hare hit the right mood as Tom Joad, fresh out of jail and looking for a new life. (…)”

Someone suggested to look for reviews on Twitter. I did, and looking for “Grapes of Wrath” was a hoot: students winging about being forced to read the book (grapes of wrath is rly booooorin”), metal bands on tour, banned books, other students complaining about the ending (grossest ending ever!!!)  – and even some reviews!

Looking for information on twitter is more fun than google, no doubt (I’m dying a slow wine inflicted death. Grapes of wrath.” \o/ ) .

“(…) Fairly intense. (…)”

(…) Very moving. (…)

(…) Funny to watch Brits do American Oklahoma accents! (…)

(…) In the interval of marvellous production of The Grapes of Wrath at Wimbledon… (…)

(…) v focused story (no subplot to spk of) & sad! Good acting, rain & set. (…)

(…) could be a bit shorter, but gave good feel of epic journey across USA &portrayed massive courage of family. Recommended! (…)

(…) (play) was ‘meh’. Not engaging enough for me to truly enjoy. Hammy acting. Slow and tired storytelling. (…)

As I don’t know the netiquette for linking to Twitter posts, there aren’t any source links here. Should you be the author of any of those quotes and want a link back to your twitter (or have the quote removed), please leave a note. Commenting on this one post is enabled.

Then are two previews for the performance at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh



and the Theatre Royal in Plymouth:



2 tickets for “The Grapes of Wrath” tonight in Wimbledon

Posted in grapes of wrath, theatre with tags , , , on 3 October, 2009 by ambarussa

Due to a local bomb scare (at least that’s the current rumour)*, we won’t be able to make it to the theatre in time tonight. So if any of you Londoners out there want to go and see the play tonight at the New Wimbledon Theatre, please drop me a line on

webgnome    at

The tickets are already paid for. However, we give them away for free, so that’s 52 quid saved. There’s nothing more irritating than two empty seats right in the middle of a full auditorium…

First come, first served.

Please note: I will need your full name and address for this (only send this information once you got my mail that you’ll be the one to get the tickets).



Damian O'Hare and Christopher Timothy as Tom and Pa Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath"

* Bomb scare over, it was just some git leaving his bag next to the bar, as usual. Well done, mate! But in addition, flight control doesn’t seem to work, either. Watch the forecast – that low-pressure system with the dark clouds and lightning and thunderstorms? That’s me!

“The Grapes of Wrath”: Platform Event in Wimbledon and Previews

Posted in grapes of wrath, previews, theatre, website with tags , , , , , , , on 12 September, 2009 by ambarussa

“(…) Damian O’Hare gave an exceptional performance as Tom Joad, returning from prison to find his family life ravaged by the prolonged lack of rain – forced to leave his family again but pledging to preach the word that the poor must band together for their rights. (…)”

(Source: “A powerful compelling epic drama…”)


Damian O'Hare as Tom Joad and Christopher Timothy as Pa Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath". (c) CFT

As regulars of this blog and theatre buffs will know by now, “The Grapes of Wrath” will go on tour after its highly successful stint at Chichester Theatre Festival. The first dates are 1 – 3 October at the New Wimbledon Theatre. Those of you who bought (or will buy) tickets for the opening night and aren’t sufficiently depressed by the current state of economy yet will be happy to learn that the New Wimbledon will host a special event that night:

“(…) On the opening night performance on Thursday 1 October, New Wimbledon Theatre will also be holding an exclusive pre-show Platform Event: Recession vs. Depression at 6.30pm chaired by Artistic Director of the Chichester Festival Theatre and Director of The Grapes of Wrath Jonathan Church and internationally renowned business expert Allyson Stewart-Allen who will be discussing the economic elements creating the Dustbowl, how California today is facing similar conditions, the impact of economic imbalance on communities and the challenges of bringing a specifically American story to the British stage. There will also be a brief Q&A session. (…)”


You can find links to all tour dates in the sidebar of this blog; click on the venue you’re interested in and you’ll get directly to the “Grapes of Wrath” page of the respective theatre. Read the information carefully, many theatres offer concessions for members, students, under 18s, senior citizens, unemployed people etc. Also keep an eye on the local press; there’s always the chance of winning tickets.

By  now, previews for future dates are beginning to show up in the local papers:

What’s On: The Grapes of Wrath at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth

AllMedia Scotland: Christopher Timothy and Sorcha Cusack to appear in The Grapes of Wrath at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

And now for something completely different…

You might have noticed that the design of the website has changed, with a vertical navigation bar rather than a horizontal one. While I slightly altered some of the graphics, I kept the old-fashioned cartoonish “60s” touch of the original. I hope it will work for you guys.

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