Small Island, National Theatre

Small Island tickets at the National Theatre, London

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, London

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Epic and inspiring. Small Island returns to the National Theatre

The acclaimed, five-star production of Andrea Levy’s prize-winning novel, Small Island, returns to the National Theatre this Spring.

Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots.

Small Island follows their lives through the Second World War until the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury, where hopes for the future soon meet the stubborn reality of post-war Britain.

Adapted by Helen Edmundson and directed by Rufus Norris, this ‘resonant, funny and moving’ (★★★★★ Mail on Sunday) play brings to life the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

Small Island is booking until 30 April 2022 at National Theatre, London.

What is Small Island about?

Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots.Small Island follows their lives through the Second World War until the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury, where hopes for the future soon meet the stubborn reality of post-war Britain.


Reviews of Small Island

★★★★★ 'Extraordinary. A spectacular adaptation of Andrea Levy's Windrush novel.' Observer
★★★★★ 'Resonant, funny and moving' Mail on Sunday
★★★★★ 'A tremendous, dance through a pivotal moment in British history.' Metro
★★★★★ 'Epic and inspiring. Small Island has found its ideal home.' Daily Telegraph

Show Information

Running time
3 hours 5 minutes (including interval)
Performance dates
Booking to 30 April 2022
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


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Venue Information

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1
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