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National Theatre Live: Small Island


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National Theatre Live brings the best of British theatre to cinema screens all around the world.

Adapted by Helen Edmundson
Based on the novel by Andrea Levy
Directed by Rufus Norris

Sunday, January 19 at 2pm
Josephine Louis Theater
20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, 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. Small Island is BBFC rated 15 due to use of strong language. As part of depicting the experience of Jamaican immigrants to Britain after the Second World War, at times characters in the play use language which is racially offensive.

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The Wirtz Center proudly presents National Theatre Live at Northwestern University as part of the Stage on Screen series. Each of these events present the best of British theatre captured live for the big screen.
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