About The Master Builder

Old Vic, London
Booking to 19 March 2016
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David Hare’s lively new adaptation of Ibsen’s The Master Builder starring Ralph Fiennes comes to the Old Vic Theatre.

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).

Directed by Matthew Warchus and starring Ralph Fiennes, Linda Emond and Sarah Snook.

The Master Builder will play from 23 January 2016 until 19 March 2016 at the Old Vic Theatre РTHIS PRODUCTION HAS SOLD-OUT


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. When Hilde (Sarah Snook), a radiant country girl, descends unexpectedly into his world, age is confronted by youth, and a series of revelations builds to a vertiginous climax.


Ralph Fiennes leads the cast as Halvard Solness  alongside Linda Emond (Aline Solness), Sarah Snook (Hilde Wangel), James Laurenson (Knut Brovnik), James Dreyfus (Dr Herdal) and Charlie Cameron (Kaja Fosli). Ensemble cast members include Owen Findlay, Martin Hutson, Ragnar Brovik, James Laurenson, Knut Brovik, John McAndrew, Eleanor Montgomery, Sarah Snook, Hilde Wangel, Eleanor Sutton, Peter Yapp.

Ralph Fiennes has an extensive body of work covering theatre, film and tv. Notable theatre credits include Man and Superman, Oedipus, Father and Sons (National Theatre), The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Troilus and Cressida, King Lear, Much Ado about Nothing and King John (RSC).

Fiennes’ film credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I & II, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Skyfall, The Reader, The Hurt Locker, In Bruges, The Constant Gardener, The Avengers, Schindler’s List and The English Patient.


David Hare’s adaptation will be directed by Matthew Warchus, with design by Rob Howell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone, music by Gary Yershon and sound by Simon Barker


‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ¬†‘Extraordinary’ The Telegraph
‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ ‘Ralph Fiennes‚Äôs performance is magnetic.‚Äô The Guardian
‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ‚ėÖ ‚ÄėRalph Fiennes riveting central performance leads a haunting tale of ambition and desire.‚Äô The Standard

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Performance dates
Booking to 19 March 2016

Venue Information

Old Vic, Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501

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1 thought on “The Master Builder starring Ralph Fiennes at the Old Vic”

  1. This is a brilliant production. David Hare’s sharp and contemporary adaptation with an exceptionally strong cast make it an immensely memorable evening. Hats off to The Old Vic and Mathew Warchus (director)

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