Tag Archives: Ralph Fiennes

Richard III

Almeida Theatre, London (****)

© Marc Brenner, Ralph Fiennes (Richard)

© Marc Brenner, Ralph Fiennes (Richard)

Like The Merchant of Venice and anti-semitism, staging Shakespeare’s Tudor propagandist Richard III, has become more problematic with our changing 21st century sensibilities towards disability. Continue reading

The Master Builder

The Old Vic, London (****)

© Manuel Harlan. Sarah Snook (Hilde Wangel) and Ralph Fiennes (Halvard Solness) in The Master Builder, Old Vic, Feb 2016

© Manuel Harlan.
Sarah Snook (Hilde Wangel) and Ralph Fiennes (Halvard Solness) in The Master Builder, Old Vic, Feb 2016

Before seeing this latest revival of Ibsen’s remarkable examination of age, desire, and the sub-conscious, I worried that Ralph Fiennes’s Halvard Solness, the self-taught and `lucky’ master builder might dwarf the rest of the cast and the production. Would the Hilde Wangel be able to hold her own against him? Continue reading