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

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(32 Ratings)
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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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135 Reviews | 11 Followers
93
Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if for an extraordinarily well staged version of this wonderful and important story. The arrival of the Windrush ship was impressive.

Don't see it if you do not like long narrative shows.

96 Reviews | 7 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.

1030 Reviews | 953 Followers
87
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if beautifully done adaptation of the novel. Moving and compelling. Great acting and staging.

Don't see it if you don't care about long shows.

1005 Reviews | 1056 Followers
85
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Epic

See it if great production. Very well told from various perspectives. Absorbing and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if It's almost 3hr 30 min long.

141 Reviews | 19 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

171 Reviews | 6 Followers
80
Fantastic cast!, Important, Powerful, Post war, Compelling

See it if you like history. Still recovering from the war, intertwines lives of characters you route for to triumph over discrimination & adversity.

Don't see it if you’re preference isn’t a historical look at post war cold, dreary London UK

132 Reviews | 11 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

21 Reviews | 3 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.

Critic Reviews (5)

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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WhatsOnStage
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 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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