Filmed live during its sold-out run in 2019, the National Theatre’s epic production of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel is streaming with National Theatre at Home to mark Windrush Day 2020.
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 between Jamaica and the UK.
A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the Olivier Theatre in this timely and moving story.
One of the most important plays of the year
Epic and inspiring. Exceptional performances. Small Island has found its ideal home
Extraordinary. Charming performances. Spectacular adaptation of Andrea Levy's Windrush novel
Powerful. Rufus Norris’s effortlessly enjoyable production is everything a show should be. It speaks to all of us, today
Andrea Levy's Windrush epic bursts triumphantly onto the stage – and our screens