Small Island
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Small Island

Adapted by Helen Edmundson

Based on the novel by Andrea Levy

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Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. 

The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story.

Show image (Leah Harvey) by Franklyn Rodgers

 

Small Island is BBFC rated 15 due to use of strong language. As part of depicting the experience of Jamaican immigrants to Britain after the Second World War, at times characters in the play use language which is racially offensive. For more information please contact the National Theatre's Help Centre.

Leah Harvey (Hortense) and CJ Beckford (Michael). Photo by Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

Epic and inspiring. Exceptional performances.

Daily Telegraph

Leah Harvey (Hortense), Gershwyn Eustace Jr (Gilbert) and Andrew Rothney (Bernard). Photo by Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

A spectacular adaptation of Andrea Levy's Windrush novel.

Observer

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CJ Beckford (Michael) and Aisling Loftus (Queenie). Photo by Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

Feature: Three people whose families came to Britain from the Caribbean give their opinions on Small Island – and recall their own struggles. Read the article >

Gershwyn Eustace Jr (Gilbert) and David Fielder (Arthur). Photo by Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

Rufus Norris’s effortlessly enjoyable production is everything a show should be. It speaks to all of us, today.

Metro

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Leah Harvey (Hortense) and Johann Myers (Elwood). Photo by Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

A gripping story of the Windrush generation.

The Times

Andrew Rothney (Bernard), David Fielder (Arthur) and Aisling Loftus (Queenie). Photo by Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

Breathtaking. An all-encompassing and absorbing production.

WhatsOnStage

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