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(the fall of) The Master Builder (2017)

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)
  • Age Guidance: 14+. Subject matter in this performance may be upsetting to some. Please contact box office for more information.
  • Other: Unlocked Event Thur 12 Oct, 10.30am. Post Show Discussion Thur 19 Oct. Due to the intimate nature of this production latecomers will only be admitted at a suitable point. In order to minimise disruption to both the audience and the action of the play, latecomers will be required to take seats at the rear of the auditorium rather than their booked seats. Re-admittance will be permitted but only at suitable points and to seats at the rear of the auditorium.
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Dr Herdal
You’ll wake tomorrow with a
hangover but everyone loves

Not the young. The young hate
me. They’re just waiting, mistake
by mistake

Halvard Solness has arrived at the pinnacle of his career. He has just been awarded the prestigious Master Builder award, his beautiful wife still loves him, his beautiful secretary still flirts with him and Prince Charles is coming to open his new building tomorrow. Then a knock at the door propels Solness’ past into everyone’s future. The only way is down.

(the fall of) The Master Builder is a thrilling, contemporary new version of Ibsen’s classic, written by celebrated British playwright Zinnie Harris.

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A West Yorkshire Playhouse production

Cast & Credits

Director James Brining / Designer Alex Lowde / By Henrik Ibsen / In a new version by Zinnie Harris / Lighting Designer Sinéad McKenna / Composer / Sound Designer Jon Nicholls /

A West Yorkshire Playhouse production

  • Susan Cookson
    as Aline
  • Reece Dinsdale
    as Solness
  • David Hounslow
    as Dr Herdal
  • Emma Naomi
    as Kaja
  • Michael Peavoy
    as Ragnar
  • Robert Pickavance
    as Brovik
  • Katherine Rose Morley
    as Hilde


“ An astounding piece of theatre”

- Yorkshire Post

“ a brilliantly crafted tale of darkness and revelations”

- Always Time for Theatre

“ this really is one you just can’t miss”

- Theatre Full Stop

“ This new version […] pushes the tumultuous subtext into the frank glare of contemporary fears”

- The Guardian

“ As Solness, Reece Dinsdale is a revelation”

- The Times

“ this is quite simply a brilliant piece of must-see theatre”

- Daily Express

“ Reece Dinsdale attacks the role of Solness”

- British Theatre

“ innovative direction and inspired design”

- Entertainment Focus

“ it certainly maintains its power to shock”

- The Morning Star

“ a gripping and truly theatrical production that showcases the mercurial talents of West Yorkshire Playhouse Associate Artist Reece Dinsdale in the title role”

- The Culture Vulture

“ a gripping drama”

- The Yorkshire Times

“ a coolly intelligent, yet still deeply human production offering a powerful display of theatrical craft”

- British Theatre Guide

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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