Image (Leah Harvey) by Franklyn Rodgers
Andrea Levy's epic, Orange Prize-winning novel bursts to new life on the Olivier stage.
A company of 40 tells a story which journeys from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 - the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.
Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, Small Island 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 of Jamaica and the UK.
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Performance days & times
Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees: £50, £42, £38, £30, £15
Friday & Saturday eves: £55, £48, £42, £32, £15
Audio‑described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 19 July, 7.30pm
Sat 20 July, 2pm preceded by a Touch Tour
Captioned performances, for deaf or hard‑of‑hearing people:
Tue 28 May, 7.30pm
Wed 12 June, 2pm
Sat 27 July, 2pm
Phoebe Frances Brown
Gershwyn Eustache Jnr
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