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The Master Builder, playing at The Old Vic

The Master Builder, playing at The Old Vic

Global stars joins Fiennes’ Master Builder

First Published 20 November 2015, Last Updated 4 January 2016

Australian actress Sarah Snook and Tony Award-nominated US stage star Linda Emond will join Ralph Fiennes in The Old Vic’s 2016 production of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder.  

The show’s multinational cast is completed by James Dreyfus, James Laurenson and Charlie Cameron.

Emond, who received her latest Tony nomination for her performance in the Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall-directed Cabaret, will play Aline Solness opposite Fiennes as Harvard Solness, the titular architect. At the top of his game, his powerful place in the community is threatened when radiant country girl Hilde walks into his life.

The role of Hilde, most recently played on the London stage by Gemma Arterton in the 2010 production at the Almeida Theatre, will be taken by rising Australian star Snook.

The 28-year-old actor’s impressive list of credits already include big screen outings in The Dressmaker, Steve Jobs and Predestination, collecting a brace of award for her dual-gender role in the latter.

Dreyfus, a stalwart of 90/00s TV sitcoms, was last seen on the London stage in Harvey, while stage regular Laurenson recently appeared in The Comedy Of Errors at Shakespeare’s Globe and Henry V in the West End.

The Master Builder opens the new year at The Old Vic, following Christmas’ family offering The Lorax. It is followed at the Waterloo venue by Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker, starring Timothy Spall and choreographer Drew McOnie’s dance adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde.


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