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Small Island

From 28 Oct 2020

National Theatre

Helen Edmundson's stage adaptation, featuring a company of 40 actors, traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK throughout the Second World War until 1948 - the year HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.
Small Island at National Theatre

Photography (Leah Harvey, original cast) by Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

Show details

Synopsis


Hope and humanity confront cold reality in 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.


Helen Edmundson's stage adaptation, featuring a company of 40 actors, traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK throughout the Second World War until 1948 - the year HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.


Background, advisory warnings


Age suitability: Not available


Following a sold-out run in 2019, the critically acclaimed production of Andrea Levy's epic novel returns to the Olivier stage.


Note: this production contains strobe-like effects. As part of depicting the experience of Jamaican immigrants to Britain after the Second World War, at times characters in the play use language which is racially offensive.


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Postal address:
South Bank
London SE1 9PX

Box office tel: 020 7452 3000

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Dates


Previews from:Wednesday 28 October 2020

Press night:Monday 2 November 2020

Booking until:Saturday 9 January 2021

Closes:No date announced.

Performance days & times


Evening:
Various ‑ check schedule for details.

Matinee:
Various - check schedule for details.

Running time: To be confirmed

Tickets


Previews:

Previews 30 June - 6 July

£69 - £20


Standard:

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees

£86, £66, £56, £46, £36, £20


Friday & Saturday eves

£89, £69, £59, £49, £39, £20


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Access information


Audio‑described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:

Tue 5 January, 1.45pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.15pm


Captioned performances, for deaf or hard‑of‑hearing people:

Sat 2 January 2021, 1.45pm


Creatives


Author: Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson from Andrea Levy's novel
Composer: Benjamin Kwasi Burrell
Director: Rufus Norris
Designer: Katrina Lindsay
Lighting: Paul Anderson
Sound: Ian Dickinson for Autograph
Projections: Jon Driscoll
Fight director: Kate Waters
Movement: Coral Messam

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