(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 2/3.)
You come out of most classic theatre these days discussing the direction and design. The great thing about this show, however, is that you emerge celebrating Ibsen’s play, David Hare’s adaptation and Ralph Fiennes’s magnetic central performance.
The evening for once belongs to the author and the actors. Henrik Ibsen’s play, dating from 1892, miraculously intertwines realism and myth. On one level, the play is about an architect, Halvard Solness, who is rich and successful, but jealous of younger rivals and haunted by guilt.