The Master Builder at Old Vic Theatre tickets
The Master Builder at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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About the show

Ralph Fiennes starred in Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder as part of Matthew Warchus’s inaugural season as Artistic Director at the Old Vic. One of Ibsen’s most significant works is paired with one of Britain’s most significant actors in a production that is destined for greatness.

The Master Builder documents the life of Halvard Solness, an architect who constantly challenges himself and develops a reputation for building the tallest spires possible. When Hilde, a young country girl, unexpectedly enchants her way into his life, Solness is haunted by his lost youth and the two develop a strong connection. Spurred on by Hilde, Solness is confronted by his most difficult challenge to date, a climax that spirals into a dramatic conclusion.

Ralph Fiennes is perhaps now most famous for his scene-stealing role as Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films and has an astonishing portfolio of stage and screen credits to his name. Fiennes has performed countless Shakespearean masterpieces, including title roles in Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida and Coriolanus; the latter earning him his directorial debut when it was adapted for film to critical acclaim in 2011. His impressive catalogue of film credits includes Schindler’s List, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The English Patient, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Ibsen’s play received a new adaptation by BAFTA Award-winner, Sir David Hare. The playwright and director is most well-known for writing the screenplays for The Hours (2002) and The Reader (2008), both of which received Academy Award nominations for best adapted screenplay. The Moderate Sporano is his latest work and follows the development of the Glyndebourne Opera.

Recommended for

This is an opportunity to see one of Ibsen’s less frequently performed masterpieces and with Ralph Fiennes in the title role this a high quality piece of theatre. A play to make you think, this is not one to be missed!

Age Recommendations: Not recommended for young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including two 20 minute intervals)
Opened: 23 Jan 2016
Press night: 03 Feb 2016
Booking from: 27 Feb 2016
Booking until: 27 Feb 2016

Seating plan

For detailed seating information for The Master Builder, please check out our interactive Old Vic Theatre seating plan with 1553 seat reviews and 3 photos of views from seat.

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

15 Reviews Add review

Perhaps I just don't like Ibsen - I found this play rather dull. I had also recently been dazzled by Ralph Fiennes in "Man and Superman"... More

ruthc17 5"8, 51 reviews, 2 helpful votes

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 2 helpful votes

georgebruv772 6"4, 120 reviews, 2 helpful votes

A brilliant production - although I wasn't wholly convinced by the leading actress who played Hilde and many other who saw the play... More

missychrissy 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I liked the show very much although I'm not sure I would want to see it again. It was interesting to watch it unfold but not an awful... More

lydiaknyvett 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This Ibsen play was really interesting, great acting and good set. Ralph Fiennes was really good as were the other actors although... More

theatrekid88 5", 70 reviews, 4 helpful votes

emilydiver 5"0, 292 reviews, 15 helpful votes

The show was excellent. Ralph Fiennes and the entire cast gave very good performances and captured the audience in one of Ibsen's not... More

yiotachristodoulou 1 review, 0 helpful votes

In my opinion but this didn't have to be in 3 Acts with 2 intervals. Ralph Fiennes was a bit Rigsby from Rising Damp and I didn't enjoy... More

debrawild 5'2, 102 reviews, 14 helpful votes