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Small Island

adapted by Helen Edmundson
based on the novel by Andrea Levy

From 24 February 2022

5 star rating

Andrea Levy’s epic makes momentous theatre.

5 star rating

Epic and inspiring. Small Island has found its ideal home.

Daily Telegraph
5 star rating

Extraordinary. A spectacular adaptation of Andrea Levy's Windrush novel.

5 star rating

Effortlessly enjoyable and everything a show should be. It speaks to all of us, today

5 star rating

A wonderful production.

Mail on Sunday
4 star rating

A gripping and vital production.

The Times
4 star rating

'Lavish and moving.

Time Out
4 star rating

Balances fragile intimacy and sweeping breadth.'

Evening Standard

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.

We're proud to be See It Safely approved by Official London Theatre - learn more about our Covid safety measures.

Face coverings are currently required throughout your visit to help keep everyone safe, except when eating or drinking, for visitors aged 12+. Please advise staff if you’re exempt.

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.

The footage used from 'Terminus 1961' and 'West Indies Calling' is Crown copyright and is reproduced with the permission of The British Film Institute under delegated authority from The Keeper of Public Records.

 All other archive footage courtesy of British Pathé.


Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation through the Weston Culture Fund


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The reopening of the Olivier theatre is generously supported by Areté Foundation / Betsy & Ed Cohen

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday evenings and all matinees:
£86, £66, £56, £46, £36, £20

Friday & Saturday evenings:
£89, £69, £59, £49, £39, £20

Previews 24 & 25 February:
£67, £47, £38, £30, £25, £20

Previews 26 February - 3 March:
£69, £49, £40, £30, £25, £20

Access performances

Relaxed Environment Performance:

Saturday 19 March at 2pm

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:

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, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:

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

Production team

Photography (Leah Harvey, original cast) by Brinkhoff-Moegenburg


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