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The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

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Peepolykus with Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Nuffield and Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Bristol Old Vic's 250th Anniversary Season

For your viewing pleasure, Peepolykus (Let the Donkey Go, The Hound of the Baskervilles) proudly present Gustave Flaubert's masterpiece Madame Bovary. The seminal 19th Century novel will be brought spectacularly to life by director Gemma Bodinetz and her ‘bijoux' cast (with a fair amount of doubling).

Laugh and cry in equal measure as Emma Bovary chooses the wrong husband. Lose yourself in mesmeric love scenes featuring a stupendous collection of  devastatingly handsome men. Question the impotence of women in a Victorian patriarchal society, if you want. Marvel at how many parts a Spanish man with limited English can play with only one moustache. There will be vermin, visual absurdity, wild animals and a nun.

Can the cast of four rise to the ridiculous challenge they have set themselves? It's going to be hilarious. And bloody serious. Possibly.

Breathlessly energetic performances... slaptstick physical comedy."


It takes a great comic truly to understand tragedy."


The play is brilliant... funny, sad, gripping and thoughtful."



The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary is part of Bristol Old Vic's 250th Anniversary programme which will include productions from each of the four centuries of the Theatre's life.

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

26 Apr-7 May
7.30pm, 2.30pm
(Selected Thu & Sat mats)
(plus booking fee)

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Ages 14+
Running time 2 hrs 30 mins with interval

Creative Team
Adaptors John Nicholson and Javier Marzan 
Director Gemma Bodinetz
Set Designer Conor Murphy
Costume & Associate Designer Amanda Stoodley
Lighting Designer Jack Knowles
Sound Designer Fergus O'Hare
Composer Peter Coyte
Movement Director Elinor Randle
Assistant Director Anthony Almeida

Emma Fielding
Jonathan Holmes
John Nicholson
Javier Marzan

Reherasal Photography Brian Roberts
Production Photography Jonathan Keenan

Trailer FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology)

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