Master builder Halvard Solness has a fear of falling. A self-made man, without professional qualifications, he has achieved domination in the town but he’s increasingly frightened of being displaced by the young. A woman, Hilde Wangel, appears from the mountains, claiming to have known Solness ten years previously, and telling him of a promise he made to her when she was thirteen. David Hare has written a new adaptation of one of Henrik Ibsen’s most complex autobiographical masterpieces – a mesmeric exploration of control, power, lust and death, which builds to a vertiginous climax. The Master Builder premiered in this English version at The Old Vic, London, in January 2016.