Small Island

Small Island

Olivier Theatre, National, London
Small Island
Olivier Theatre, National, London
Our Review 4 / 5

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.


Previews from |
24th February 2022
Opening date |
3rd March 2022
Closes |
16th April 2022
Categories |
adapted by Helen Edmundson, based on the novel by Andrea Levy
Rufus Norris
Songs by:
Benjamin Kwasi Burrell
Paul Anderson
Ian Dickinson for Autograph
Katrina Lindsay
Coral Messam
Katrina Lindsay
Other info:
Fight Director: Kate Waters, Projection Designer: Jon Driscoll

Olivier Theatre, National Venue Information

Olivier Theatre, National, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Review of Small Island


The latest chapter in the ongoing scandal around the treatment of the Windrush generation - immigrants who arrived in the "mother country" from the West Indies in the late 40s and early 50s - is still being written, with a group of over 80 MPs referring the Home Office to the Equality and Human Rights Commission only this week to investigate whether its "deeply discriminatory" hostile environment immigration policies represent institutional racism. Read more

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