“★★★★★ – Levy’s Windrush epic makes momentous theatre" – Guardian.
Returning due to demand, Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel comes to life in an epic theatre adaptation, filmed live on stage as part of NT Live’s10th 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.
PLEASE NOTE: The certification for this production has been revised to 15 (previously 12A), as it contains strong language and themes that some people may find distressing.