"Master Harold"...and the Boys

by  Athol Fugard

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3m

"Fugard creates a blistering fusion of the personal and the political." - The New York Times

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"Master Harold"...and the Boys

by  Athol Fugard

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    90 minutes
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    From Broadway
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    • Adult

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The role that won Zakes Mokae a Tony® Award brought Danny Glover back to the New York stage for the Roundabout Theatre's revival of this searing coming-of-age story, considered by many to be Fugard’s masterpiece. A white teen who has grown up in the affectionate company of the two black waiters who work in his mother’s tea room in Port Elizabeth learns that his viciously racist, alcoholic father is on his way home from the hospital. An ensuing rage unwittingly triggers his inevitable passage into the culture of hatred fostered by apartheid.

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  • Winner! 1982 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding New Play

    Winner! 1983 London Critics' Circle Theatre Award, Best Play

    Winner! 1983 London Evening Standard Award, Best Play

    Nominee! 1982 Tony® Award, Best Play



"One of those depth charge plays [that] has lasting relevance [and] can triumphantly survive any test of time [...] The story is simple, but the resonance that Fugard brings to it lets it reach beyond the narrative, to touch so many nerves connected to betrayal and guilt. An exhilarating play [...] It is a triumph of playmaking, and unforgettable." - New York Post

"Fugard creates a blistering fusion of the personal and the political." - The New York Times

"This revival brings out [the play's] considerable strengths." - NY Daily News


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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance



  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The St. Georges Park Tea Room on a wet and windy Port Elizabeth afternoon in 1950 South Africa.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes




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  • All Male


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Athol Fugard

Athol Fugard is an internationally acclaimed South African playwright whose best-known work deals with the political and social upheaval of the apartheid system in South Africa. He was educated at the University of Cape Town. His plays include The Captain's Tiger, Valley Song, My Children! My Africa, A Lesson from Aloe ...

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"Master Harold" ...And the Boys made its premiere on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre on May 4, 1982.

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