Small Island

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience this encore broadcast, 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.

This is a encore broadcast that was filmed in front of a live audience in a theatre, with cameras carefully positioned to ensure that audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’.

Broadcast Running Time:  3 hours and 20 minutes with one 20 minute intermission.

Contains strong and racially offensive language, and some strobe-like lighting effects.

Tickets:  All seats are General Admission
Museum Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

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Add Museum admission on-site for an additional $3.

On-line ticket sales end two hours prior to a performance.  At that time, please call the Box Office for tickets at 973.971.3706.


Image Credit: Leah Harvey by Franklyn Rodgers.


Feb 16 2020


2:00 pm - 5:20 pm