The Masterbuilder

Travis Preston brought The Master Builder to the Almeida Theater in London after the extraordinary success of Macbeth. Henrik Ibsen created The Master Builder in 1892.

The autobiographical tale follows an aging architect who is afraid of the next generation.

Stephen Dillane starred as Halvard Solness, and Gemma Arterton starred as Hilda Wangel.

While the play has been around for more than a century, Travis Preston put his own spin on it. Preston makes it clear that the viewer is watching Solness’s fantasy. The relationship between Solness and the other characters portray the emotions he has kept locked inside for years.

Wangel represents a beacon of hope, an agent of retribution and the embodiment of the tormented conscience of Solness since the death of his children. The romantic undertones between the two is utilized to reflect a marriage that has fallen apart because the couple is too broken by loss to be repaired.Travis Preston received praise from critics and audiences alike for his stripped-down version of this thought provoking play.The Almeida Theater, London, 2010