'Master Harold'... and the boys Tickets

Lyttelton Theatre, National, London
'Master Harold'... and the boys
Lyttelton Theatre, National, London
Tony-winning playwright Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical play
Our Review 4 / 5

1950. Apartheid South Africa.

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.

Previews from |
21st September 2019
Opening date |
1st October 2019
Booking from |
16th December 2019
Available until |
16th December 2019
Closes |
17th December 2019
Categories |
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 Venue Information

Lyttelton Theatre, National, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Review of 'Master Harold'... and the boys


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 from me. Read more

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