Ralph Fiennes in Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder at the Old Vic
The latest adaption of The Master Builder in London will star the talented Ralph Fiennes as well-established architect and self-made man Halvard Solness. The play was last seen at the Almeida Theatre in 2010 when it starred Gemma Aterton as Hilde Wangle. This time round Hilde’s character will be played by Australian actress Sarah Snook, who turns up at Halvard’s door in a bid to claim the fairy-tale kingdom he promised her when she was just 14.
Halvard, who finds himself in a loveless marriage, quickly becomes taken with the beautiful young woman, who will unknowingly to him will soon challenge both his worth and his wealth. Set in a small Norwegian town, the story encompasses everything from drama and passion to life and death, which is sure to make for a lively stage production in David Hare’s new adaption. The award-winning writer has 32 stage plays under his belt including Skylight, The Absence of War and Stuff Happens.
Whilst Ralph Fiennes is no stranger to the big screen, he has also appeared in a number of theatre productions over the years including Oedipus, Richard II, Faith Healer and Hamlet. In 2011 the actor made his directorial debut with the feature film Coriolanus before going on to direct and star in The Invisible Woman.
American actress Linda Emond, who plays Harvard’s wife Aline Solness, is no stranger to the stage either. Her Broadway credits include Cabaret as well as Death of a Salesman and Life x 3. Audiences on the other hand will most likely recognise Sarah Snook for her recent role in Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs biopic as well as for her appearance in The Dressmaker alongside Kate Winslet, Judy Davis and Liam Hemsworth.
In addition, the full cast line-up will include Charlie Cameron as Kaja Fosli, James Dreyfus as Dr Herdal and James Laurenson as Knut Brovnik.
Interesting Theatre Fact
Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen first published The Master Builder in 1892 at the age of 64. It is said that the piece was partly inspired by his infatuation with a young Viennese girl named Emilie Bardach who he met when holidaying in Gossensass.
Be sure to tune into The Graham Norton Show on 8th January to catch Ralph Fiennes talking in more detail about The Master Builder opening later this month at the Old Vic.