Master Harold and the Boys

'Master Harold'... and the boys

St George’s Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, 1950. On a long rainy afternoon, employees Sam and Willie practise their steps for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship. Hally arrives from school to hide out in his parents’ tea room. These two men have been unlikely best friends to Hally his whole life. But it is apartheid era South Africa: he’s Master Harold, and they are the boys.

Tony Award-winning playwright Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical and blistering masterwork explores the nature of friendship, and the ways people are capable of hurting even those they love.

Athol Fugard
Roy Alexander Weise
Paule Constable
Giles Thomas
Rajha Shakiry
Shelley Maxwell
Rajha Shakiry
Cast list:
Anson Boon, Lucian Msamati, Hammed Animashaun

Lyttelton Theatre, National

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Athol Fugard's 1982 play 'Master Harold'... and the Boys is, in his own words, "probably the most intensely personal thing I have ever written". And a nakedly autobiographical play, based on his own childhood relationship to two black waiters who worked at his mother's tea room (a South African term for park cafe) in his native Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, deserves an autobiographical response... Read more

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