Ralph Fiennes

The Master Builder

By Henrik Ibsen
New adaptation by David Hare

The Daily Telegraph

‘The change will come. And it’s not far away, I promise you that. Some figure will emerge from the dark screaming “Get out of the way”. And not far behind others will follow… The young are waiting. In all their power. Knocking on the door.’

The master builder, Halvard Solness (Ralph Fiennes), has a fear of falling. A self-made man, without professional qualifications, he has achieved domination in the town, but he is increasingly frightened of being displaced by the young. A woman, Hilde Wangel (Sarah Snook), appears from the mountains, claiming to have known Solness ten years previously, and telling him of a promise he made to her when she was thirteen.

A searing and mesmeric exploration of power, control, death and life, Henrik Ibsen’s late masterpiece The Master Builder comes to The Old Vic in a lively new adaptation by David Hare (multi-award-winning writer and author of 32 plays for the stage including Skylight, The Absence Of War, Amy’s View, Pravda and Stuff Happens).

Watch our trailer: Ralph Fiennes on The Master Builder


Sat 23 Jan – Sat 19 Mar 2016
Mon – Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm
[Thu 17 Mar 8pm]

Running time: approximately 2hrs 45mins including two 20-minute intervals

Captioned Performance: Tue 1 Mar 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Thu 10 Mar 7.30pm, touch tour 6pm

TICKETS: £12, £16, £21, £30, £50, £60
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The future of London’s skyline Tue 16 Feb, 6-7pm

Q&A with David Hare Tue 1 Mar, 6-6.45pm

The gender debate Tue 8 Mar, 5.45pm-6.45pm

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