'Master Harold’… and the boys
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.

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

The Venue

Lyttelton Theatre

National Theatre, Upper Ground, Lambeth, South Bank,, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX

Nearest Tube


Nearest Train

Waterloo, Waterloo East

Running Time

1hr 40min (no interval)

Booking Dates

First Performance

Monday 28th October 2019

Last Performance

Monday 16th December 2019