Small Island (London)
Small Island (London)
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Small Island (London) London Reviews and Tickets

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(25 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Relevant

The National Theatre's dramatic adaptation of Andrea Levy's critically acclaimed novel.

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Member Reviews (25)

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28 Reviews | 0 Followers
85
Great writing, Epic, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You love a massive long play, that is about the human condition

Don't see it if You hate long plays about racism and acceptance

23 Reviews | 3 Followers
90
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You like plays based on real events that use theatricality over kitchen sink realism. Learn about a generation through one woman's story.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare that doesn't dig too deep into history or social issues. You prefer plays that a short and whimsical.

19 Reviews | 5 Followers
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Want an insight into the making of modern Britain

Don't see it if you are a racist

17 Reviews | 2 Followers
100
Profound, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in the history of the U.K, and the goldrush. If you appreciate great acting and storytelling you will love this too.

Don't see it if If you’re not a fan of play, this is a long one at a little over 3 hours.

14 Reviews | 0 Followers
91
Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You were a fan of the book, you love intricate and absorbing storytelling and you're interested in the Windrush generation

Don't see it if To be honest I can't think of a reason why someone wouldn't like this!

12 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Must see, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoyed the TV adaptation or the book or if you’re looking for a fantastic show. Comfy theatre and amazing projections - a must see!

Don't see it if You don’t like long plays (3 hours 15 minutes with interval) or struggle with plays about difficult topics

9 Reviews | 0 Followers
79
Great acting

See it if Small Island is an extravaganza only possible at the National. The story is important as theatre is one of empathy's greatest teachers.

Don't see it if The story got lost in the vast set.

7 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Resonant, Epic, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like epic plays about important subjects, that still manage to make it accessible for everyone, not too heavy

Don't see it if you are not in a mood for serious themes and long plays

Critic Reviews (5)

What's On Stage (UK)
March 4th, 2022

The achievement of Helen Edmundson's adaptation and Rufus Norris's sensitive, fluent direction is that of all great art: it makes its points through its characters rather than by imposing arguments on top of them.
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The Guardian (UK)
March 4th, 2022

If Small Island appears to have taken a place in the National Theatre’s pantheon already, it is with good reason. And if it is part of a drive to put bums on seats, no matter: it is without doubt the highest calibre of guaranteed hit shows.
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The Times (UK)
March 4th, 2022

But while Leemore Marrett Jr and Leonie Elliott deliver winning performances as the Jamaican husband and wife Gilbert and Hortense, there’s not much room for subtlety in this panoramic tale of 1940s immigration.
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The Telegraph (UK)
March 4th, 2022

Yet Small Island’s great triumph is to present that history as very much a living thing. The racism Gilbert encounters while working in a post room still stings from across the decades.
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The Arts Desk
March 7th, 2022

The play’s running time is three hours and five minutes, but it is a testament to the acting, staging, and indeed the script that not one of those minutes hangs heavily.
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