Master Harold and the Boys
National Theatre
21 Sept - 17 Dec 2019

Master Harold and the Boys, National Theatre Master Harold and the Boys, National Theatre

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.


'Master Harold'... and the boys | Learning to Ballroom Dance

'Master Harold'... and the boys | Learning to Ballroom Dance

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.



NEED TO KNOW: Master Harold and the Boys is playing from 21 September – 17 December at the National Theatre. BOOK TICKETS





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