Moliere's great 1668 comedy is relocated to a provincial backwater in Victorian England. Harpagon, a miserable old skinflint, contracts with the matchmaker Frosine for the hand of the beautiful Mariane. The war between the generations boils over when his son Cleante makes a play for the same young lady. The clever servant, Maitre Jacques, tries without success to talk sense into anyone. The whole situation comes to a head in a surprise ending.
Ibsen's play is the story of Halvard Solness, Master Builder of a town in Norway. Solness is a successful architect but he's afraid of the being surpassed by those younger than himself. The arrival of a young woman called Hilda stirs up memories and feelings with stories of a promise he made her many years ago.