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'Master Harold' ... and the boys

Closed 17 Dec 2019

National Theatre

St George's Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, 1950. On a long rainy afternoon, employees Sam and Willie practice their steps for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship.
Master Harold and the boys at the National Theatre

Photo (Lucian Msamati and Hammed Animashaun) by Sebastian Nevols

Show details

Synopsis


1950. Apartheid South Africa.


St George's Park Tea Room, Port Elizabeth, 1950.


On a long rainy afternoon, employees Sam and Willie practice 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.


Background information, advisory warnings


Age suitability: Not available


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

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Dates


Previews from:Saturday 21 September 2019

Press night:Tuesday 1 October 2019

Closes:Tuesday 17 December 2019

Performance days & times


Evening:
Various ‑ check schedule for details.

Matinee:
Various - check schedule for details.

Running time: To be confirmed

Tickets


Previews:

Previews 21 - 27 September

£67, £47 - £15


Standard:

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees

£84, £64, £55, £45, £32, £15


Friday & Saturday eves

£88, £68, £59, £49, £34, £18


Cast


Sam - Hammed Animashaun

Willie - Lucian Msamati


Creatives


Author: Athol Fugard
Director: Roy Alexander Weise
Designer: Rajha Shakiry
Lighting: Paule Constable
Movement: Shelley Maxwell

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