National Theatre: watch Small Island for free from tonight

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Small Island is this week’s free streaming production from the National Theatre, and you can find out more about it right here.

We’re over three months into the excellent National Theatre At Home programme now, that’s been in operation since cinemas closed their doors back in March. This has seen the National Theatre taking productions that it had previously filmed and beamed into cinemas, and making them available for a week at a time over YouTube.

These productions are available for a week at a time, entirely free of charge. And from this evening, it’s the acclaimed play Small Island that’s debuting on the service.

It’s an adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel, with Helen Edmundson having written the script, and directed by Rufus Norris.

The production goes live from 7pm tonight, and it’ll appear in the window below. As always, click through if you want to view the play on YouTube.

The synopsis reads…

Embark on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, from the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, in this moving stage adaptation of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as Small Island traces the tangled history between Jamaica and the UK and our characters dream of a better world. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots, in three intricately connected stories.

And the production – which is rated 15 – runs for two hours and 55 minutes.


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