Master Harold and the Boys at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets
Master Harold and the Boys at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets

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About the show

Set in 1950’s Apartheid South Africa, Master Harold and the boys is Athol Fugard’s semi-autobiographical masterwork. On a rainy afternoon at St George's Park Tea Room, we meet employees Sam and Willie as they practise their steps for the finals of the ballroom dancing championship. When their unlikely best friend Hally, son of the tea room owners, returns from school, both are thrilled, but the overwhelming reality hangs over them all; he’s Master Harold, and they are the boys.

Where is it showing?

Master Harold and the Boys is playing at the National Theatre Lyttelton.

When does it close?

The play is currently showing at the National Theatre Lyttelton and will play its last performance on Tuesday 17th December.

Who is in it?

Hammed Animashaun, fresh from his recent roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre and A Monster Calls at the Old Vic, stars as Willie, with newcomer Anson Boon as Hally, and Lucian Msamati – whose previous credits for the National Theatre include Amadeus and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom - as Sam.

Who are the creative team?

Master Harold and the boys is directed by Roy Alexander Weise, joint Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange. Choreography and movement direction are by Shelley Maxwell, with set and costume design by Rajha Shakiry, lighting design by Paule Constable, and sound design by Giles Thomas.

How long is it?

The show runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes, with no interval.

Recommended for

If you’re in the mood for a striking historical drama, Master Harold and the boys is the perfect fit.

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

Age Recommendations: Recommended 14+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (no interval)
Opened: 28 Oct 2019
Press night: 01 Oct 2019
Booking from: 16 Dec 2019
Booking until: 16 Dec 2019

Location and map

National Theatre - Lyttelton
National Theatre, Southbank
London, SE1 9PX

15 Reviews Add review

A very good production, superbly acted by the cast of three. It really seems to have caught the politics of 1950s apartheid South... More

joc78 5"4, 422 reviews, 5 helpful votes

A very good production, superbly acted by the cast of three. It really seems to have caught the politics of 1950s apartheid South... More

joc78 5"4, 422 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Good performances all round, although Master Harold's South African accent frequently slipped and slightly detracted from what he was... More

leepeddie 176, 32 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Really good. Very well acted and powerful in places. The usual high quality you expect from the National.

pl6125 186cm, 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

moley 5' 6'', 121 reviews, 5 helpful votes

A very well written and hard hitting piece.

emilydiver 5"0, 289 reviews, 15 helpful votes

sondheimkid 170, 182 reviews, 25 helpful votes

rgowan 5"6, 224 reviews, 14 helpful votes

ianwarde 5"6, 52 reviews, 3 helpful votes