Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots.
Following their lives through the Second World War until the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury, hopes for the future soon meet the stubborn reality of post-war Britain.
Adapted by Helen Edmundson and directed by Rufus Norris, this 'resonant, funny and moving' (★★★★★ Mail on Sunday) play brings to life the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.
Extraordinary. A spectacular adaptation of Andrea Levy's Windrush novel
Epic and inspiring. Small Island has found its ideal home
Andrea Levy’s epic makes momentous theatre.
Balances fragile intimacy and sweeping breadth
Lavish and moving
A gripping and vital production