Experience the play on our screen, 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.

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 this timely and moving story.

Momentous theatre. One of the most important plays of the year
Guardian
Epic and inspiring. Exceptional performances
Daily Telegraph
Rufus Norris’s epic adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Windrush novel is spectacular.
Observer
A gripping story of the Windrush generation. A vital production
The Times

Adapted by Helen Edmunson

Based on the novel by Andrea Levy

See our full cinema line-up here.

Please note this is a pre-recorded screening