The Master Builder review from 2010

  • Our critic's rating:
    Friday, November 19, 2010

    What the popular press had to say...

    "Ibsen's weird, autobiographical 1892 play gets a radical makeover at the Almeida. Out go the oppressive furniture, the frock coats and even the statutory intervals. Instead we get a straight-through, 105-minute version that has the quality, like an earlier Macbeth from the actor-director team of Stephen Dillane and Travis Preston, of a propulsive dream...It offers a riveting anatomy of the guilt at the heart of this disturbing masterpiece. "
    Michael Billington for The Guardian

    "This spiralling, angsty production of The Master Builder gets only halfway under one’s skin, disturbing us less than it should."
    Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

    "Cold, mannered production stubbornly fails to catch fire as it should."
    Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph

    "Director Travis Preston keeps a firm hand on this turbulent drama. In all, an Ibsen to remember. "
    Paul Callan for The Daily Express

    "Bold and thoughtful modern-dress production with a dreamlike quality, part fantasy part nightmare. But it is also chillingly convincing. "
    Ben Dowell for The Stage

    External links to full reviews from popular press
    The Guardian - Daily Telegraph

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