Watch: National Theatre at Home – Small Island
- Arusa Qureshi
- 11 June 2020
This week's NT Live selection is the critically acclaimed production of Andrea Levy's epic novel
The National Theatre at Home series continues this week with the broadcast of National Theatre's 2019 adaptation of Andrea Levy's Orange Prize-winning novel, Small Island, which marks Windrush Day 2020.
The play tells three stories set in Jamaica and Britain, from the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. Schoolteacher Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, her husband Gilbert, part of the Windrush generation, dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Adapted by Helen Edmundson and directed by Rufus Norris, a company of 40 actors take to the stage of the Olivier Theatre to present this moving and important story, which explores the links and history between Jamaica and the UK.
Watch Small Island from 7pm on Thursday 18 June for one week.
With theatres around the UK and beyond remaining closed as lockdown continues, companies and venues are doing their bit to keep audiences at home connected and entertained as best as possible. London's National Theatre announced their National Theatre at Home programme last month, giving audiences the weekly opportunity to enjoy world-class theatre while the venue is closed. And with huge numbers tuning in every week, the initiative has been a great success. So far, we've been treated to streams of One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Cordon, Jane Eyre, Treasure Island, Twelfth Night, Frankenstein starring Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch, Antony & Cleopatra, starring Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo, Inua Williams' Barber Shop Chronicles, the Young Vic's production of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson, James Graham's This House, Coriolanus, starring Tom Hiddleston, and most recently, Alan Bennett's The Madness of George III.