Small Island

National Theatre – Olivier Stage
24 Feb 2022 – 16 Apr 2022

Small Island

The acclaimed, five-star production of Andrea Levy’s prize-winning novel returns.

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

Following their lives through the Second World War until the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury, 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.

Location and Time

Running Time: approx. 2 hours 50 mins including one interval
Performance Schedule



Tue – Sat, 7.30pm
Running time: TBC


Thur & Sat, 2.00pm
Running time: TBC

Accesibility and accessible performances

Access performances


Relaxed Environment Performance

Saturday 19 March at 2pm

Audio-described performances

Thursday 24 March at 2pm, preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm
Saturday 9 April at 2pm, preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm

Captioned performances

Saturday 12 March at 7.30pm
Thursday 31 March at 2pm 

Smart caption glasses

Smart caption glasses will be available for performances from Wednesday 9 March