The National Theatre’s SMALL ISLAND

The National Theatre’s production of SMALL ISLAND is available to watch for free until 7pm on Thursday 25th June (UK time). It was filmed live on stage at the National Theatre in 2019.

Embark on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, from the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, in this moving stage adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel.

Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as SMALL ISLAND traces the tangled history between Jamaica and the UK as our characters dream of a better world. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots, in three intricately connected stories.

Featuring a company of 40 actors, including Leah Harvey, Gershwyn Eustache Jr and Aisling Loftus. SMALL ISLAND is adapted by Helen Edmundson and directed by Rufus Norris.

The running time is 2 hours 55 minutes with a very brief interval. It is subtitled.

GUIDANCE – BBFC rating is 15 due to some strong language, discriminatory behaviour, occasional sexual references and mild violence. Please note that, as part of depicting the experience of Jamaican immigrants to Britain after the Second World War, some characters in the play use racially offensive terms. This production contains strobe-like effects.

Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to the National Theatre – or you can text NTATHOME 10 to 70085 to donate £10 or NTATHOME 20 to donate £20 – to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.

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