A new hybrid of theatre and film

The Master Builder

By Henrik Ibsen, Presented in association with MiNDFOOD

4 OCT 2020 — Online Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


90 minutes





Through talent and hard work, Halvard Solness has achieved no small measure of fame and fortune. But the unexpected return of Hilde Wangel to his life threatens to shake the foundations of his success.

ATC On Stage|On Screen presents one of Ibsen’s most fascinating and enigmatic works in a new hybrid of theatre and film. In this high quality studio adaptation of The Master Builder, a successful builder and property developer has his creative flame reignited by a young woman from his past, with dramatic consequences. Ibsen specialist and ATC Artistic Director Colin McColl presents a magnificent work from a master playwright, in an innovative post-COVID-19 format.

Premieres online Saturday 8 August, 7:30pm
Available for free viewing from Sat 8 August – Sun 30 August 2020
Screening at ASB Waterfront Theatre Sunday 4 October, 4pm | Book tickets


Adeline Esther

George Maunsell

Joseph Nathan

Travis Graham

Fabian MacGregor

Salome Grace Neely

Nadine Kemp

Ben Lamb

Lucas Haugh

Matthew Kereama



ASB Waterfront Theatre screening $18

How the online version came to be

When the COVID-19 lockdown made it impossible to present The Master Builder on stage, we made the decision to keep our actors employed and the work alive.  At Level 2, the actors came together in the rehearsal room to explore the work.
As restrictions lifted in New Zealand in June, it became possible to present a rehearsal room performance season of the play to small, socially-distanced audiences. These were amongst the first post-lockdown live performances in the world. The Master Builder in association with MiNDFOOD was then recorded as a studio presentation for all to experience, as a high-quality hybrid of theatre and film.


This production of The Master Builder sees Colin McColl at the top of his game as a director of reinvigorated Ibsen works and the ATC at the cutting edge of bringing the stage to screen.
John Smythe, Theatreview

In the press

The New York Times

Appointment Theater, Coming to a Screen Near You

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Radio New Zealand

Colin Mcoll brings Ibsen to stage and screen

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