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A great, weird play to rival Shakespeare: Old Vic's The Master Builder reviewed

Plus: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom at the Lyttelton is a gripping melodrama that makes you catch you breath with horror

13 February 2016

9:00 AM

13 February 2016

9:00 AM

The Master Builder

Old Vic, until 19 March

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Lyttelton, in rep until 18 May

The Master Builder, if done properly, can be one of those theatrical experiences that make you wonder if the Greeks were a teeny bit overrated. Matthew Warchus’s version is four-fifths there. Ralph Fiennes is well equipped to play Halvard Solness, the cold, brilliant autocrat with a troubled past who falls into the arms of a gorgeous young suitor.

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