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    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.

    Performance dates: 16 Dec 2019 - 16 Dec 2019

    Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes (no interval)

    Age recommendation: Recommended 14+

    Special notice: 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.

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    Latest Audience Reviews

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

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer18 Dec 2019

    A very good production, superbly acted by the cast of three. It really seems to have caught the politics of 1950s apartheid South Africa very well. I found myself laughing one moment and feeling so very moved the next. Good to see the National back on form again!

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer18 Dec 2019

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

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer18 Dec 2019

    A very good production, superbly acted by the cast of three. It really seems to have caught the politics of 1950s apartheid South Africa very well. I found myself laughing one moment and feeling so very moved the next. Good to see the National back on form again!

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer18 Dec 2019

    Good performances all round, although Master Harold's South African accent frequently slipped and... More

    leepeddie Top 200 reviewer10 Nov 2019

    Good performances all round, although Master Harold's South African accent frequently slipped and slightly detracted from what he was saying. The other actors' accents were so spot on I was sometimes glad it was a captioned performance! I enjoyed the production, but did feel it was fairly predictable in its development and strangely emotionally uninvolving.

    leepeddie Top 200 reviewer10 Nov 2019

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

    pl6125 21 Nov 2019

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

    pl6125 21 Nov 2019
    moley Top 100 reviewer23 Dec 2019

    A very well written and hard hitting piece.

    emilygami Top 50 reviewer14 Dec 2019
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