Master Harold and the Boys

Master Harold and the Boys

This masterwork explores the nature of friendship, and the ways people are capable of hurting even those they love.

National Theatre
Wed 6 November 2019 - Tue 17 December 2019

2.15pm, 7.30pm

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.

Roy Alexander Weise (Nine Night) directs Lucian Msamati (Amadeus) and Hammed Animashaun (Barber Shop Chronicles) as Sam and Willie.

Please note: As part of depicting the experience of 1950s apartheid South Africa, at times characters in the play use language which is racially offensive; 

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