National Theatre At Home: SMALL ISLAND

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.

Running Time: 2 hours 55 minutes including a short interval

More information can be found on the National Theatre at Home web page.

This show will be available on the National Theatre YouTube Channel.


To provide some entertainment for theatre fans while they're not able to visit their venues, National Theatre will release one of their past recorded-live titles each week. Each play will be available to watch on YouTube for one week, starting on a Thursday at 2pm (7pm UK time)

Show Dates & Times:

6/18/20 - Thursday

(All day),

6/19/20 - Friday

(All day),

6/20/20 - Saturday

(All day),

6/21/20 - Sunday

(All day),

6/22/20 - Monday

(All day),

6/23/20 - Tuesday

(All day),

6/24/20 - Wednesday

(All day),

6/25/20 - Thursday

(All day),
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