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About the Show
A revival production of Athol Fugard's semi-autobiographical play set during the apartheid.
A powerful drama set in 1950s apartheid-era South Africa. The play follows two black employees in a tea room practising for their dance championship finals and the son of the house, Master Harold. Written by Tony Award-winning playwright, Athol Fugard. The cast includes Hammed Animashaun (A Midsummer's Night Dream) and Lucian Msamati (Clybourne Park).
Weise’s taut revival shows it to be an economical, passionate piece of writing, if overly pregnant with symbolism and charged language...shows Msamati and Animashaun at the top or their serio-comic game...'
Lucian Msamati powers this elegantly powerful revival of Athol Fugard's apartheid-era drama... ‘Master Harold’ takes a while to rouse itself from its elegant torpor – but it does so, and powerfully.'
Lucian Msamati...is such a wonderful actor, really one of our very best, and he is magnificent here... One of the many extraordinary qualities of the play is how brutally honest Fugard is...'
...complex stories and emotions are held in a stunningly calibrated balance by rising star director Roy Alexander Weise. The production may be a slow-burn initially, but it ignites with an overpowering power that is shattering.'
It reaches a terrific climax but the journey there is somewhat laborious...I still found myself wishing that Fugard’s self-flagellating play told us less about Master Harold and more about the “boys”.'