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Small Island The acclaimed, five-star production of Andrea Levy's prize-winning novel, Small Island, 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. 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. We're proud to be See It Safely approved by Official London Theatre. To help keep everybody safe, we’re all continuing to wear face coverings unless exempt. Thank you for helping to protect our staff, artists and visitors. Please note: This production contains strobe-like effects. As part of depicting the experience of Jamaican immigrants to Britain after the Second World War, at times characters in the play use language which is racially offensive; for more information please contact us via our Help centre. Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation through the Weston Culture Fund The reopening of the Olivier theatre is generously supported by Areté Foundation / Betsy & Ed Cohen

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National Theatre,
Upper Ground,
Southbank,
London,
SE1 9PX

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