Small Island, National Theatre
Adapted by Helen Edmundson
Based on a novel by Andrea Levy
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.
NEED TO KNOW: Small Island is at the National Theatre from 17 Apr to 10 Aug 2019 | book tickets