12 Nov 2010 - 08 Jan 2011

The Master Builder

By by Henrik Ibsen in a translation by Kenneth McLeish

Directed By Travis Preston

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“I came for my kingdom. Time’s up, Mr Solness!”

Master Builder Halvard Solness has reached the pinnacle of his career. But at a cost; his family life is in ruins and he lives in fear that the next generation will rise up and brush him aside.

When Hilde Wangel, a bewitching young woman, arrives to collect a decade-old debt, she breathes new life into his professional pride. As Solness completes his architectural masterpiece, will Hilde be the Master Builder’s ultimate downfall?

Dates & Tickets

Evening performances: 7.30pm
Wednesday matinees: 2.30pm on 1 Dec & 5 Jan
Saturday matinees: 3.00pm from 20 Nov

Click here for details of performances over Christmas and New Year

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Gemma Arterton

Hilde Wangel

Gemma can be seen playing the title role in the recently released film Tamara Drewe. She made her film debut in St Trinian’s as Head Girl Kelly Jones and went on to play Bond girl Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace. Earlier this year she made her West End debut in The Little Dog Laughed at the Garrick Theatre.

Theatre includes: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre).

Television includes: Lost in Austen; Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

Film includes: Clash of the Titans; Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

The Master Builder Rehearsal Photos

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★★★★ We get a straight-talking, 105 minute version that has the quality of a propulsive dream. Dillane gives us a compelling portrait of a hollow-eyed, despairing figure…Arterton also makes a magnetic Hilde.

The Guardian

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★★★★ Travis Preston makes the Norwegian’s loopiest and most personal drama look and feel like a dream.

Time Out

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★★★★ A compelling, shadow-filled, modern-dress psychodrama.

The Independent

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★★★★ In one of the most scintillating performances of the year, Gemma Arterton is a magnificent muse to the despairing Solness.

Daily Express

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Fey and fierce, demure and demonic, Arterton cuts a genuinely unsettling figure, well matched with Dillane’s spiralling obsession.

The Times

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Travis Preston’s [The Master Builder is a] bold and thoughtful modern-dress production with a dreamlike quality, part fantasy, part nightmare. But it is also chillingly convincing.

The Stage

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Additional information

Running time approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. There will be no interval.

Cast & Creatives

Gemma Arterton
Stephen Dillane
Patrick Godfrey
Emma Hamilton
Anastasia Hille
John Light
Jack Shepherd

Translation Kenneth McLeish

Direction Travis Preston

Design Vicki Mortimer

Lighting Paul Pyant

Sound John Leonard

Casting Toby Whale

Assistant Director Zoe Aja Moore

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