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Celebrate Windrush Day with National Theatre

Filmed live during its sold-out run in 2019, the National Theatre’s epic production of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel is streaming with National Theatre at Home to mark Windrush Day 2020.

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.

Stream Small Island

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 between Jamaica and the UK.

“There could be no better time to watch this stirring play and celebrate the wonderful contribution of the Windrush generation to our community and culture,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the Olivier Theatre in this timely and moving story. The link will expire on Thursday 25 June at 7pm.

(BBFC rating 15 when released in cinema. 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.)

Running Time: 2 hours 55 minutes including a short interval.