NTL: Small Island

200 minutes • NR (treat as PG13)
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Lark Theater Thu, Jun 27 6:30 PM
Lark Theater Sat, Jun 29 1:00 PM
Lark Theater Sun, Jul 28 1:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:National Theatre Live • No Passes
Release Year:2019
Rating:NR (treat as PG13)
Production Country:UK
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Rufus Norris
Screenwriter:Adapted by Helen Edmundson based on the novel by Andrea Levy


Small Island

adapted by Helen Edmundson

based on the novel by Andrea Levy


Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.

Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, England.

The play 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.

A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in London in this timely and moving story.