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The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary

By Gustave Flaubert
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Adapted by John Nicholson
& Javier Marzan
Directed by Lou Wallace
10th – 18th May 2024 at 8:00pm
Matinee on May 18th at 2:30pm

This girl just wants to have MORE fun! A night of captivating theatre.

Breathlessly energetic!

4/5
Nigel Smith, The Stage

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Du pain, du vin, and a new man… or several! Madame Bovary realises that life (in 19th-century France) is really not what she’d hoped for and sets out to recapture her dreams, with fairly devastating consequences. Flaubert’s novel was originally called Madame Bovary: Provincial Manners. His eponymous heroine fights against the constraints of society in an effort to rid herself of her banal provincial existence. It’s been described as a study of human stupidity, or even romantic malady. Writer Julian Barnes describes it as the best novel that has ever been written, with its psychological realism exploring the inner life of Emma Bovary – a woman who doesn’t recognise her own life and seeks to live a different one. Flaubert was accused of violating public morality, with Bovary’s affairs dominating early reviews and threatening to have the novel banned. However, on going to trial, Flaubert won the case and his novel (unlike its heroine) was instantly catapulted to everlasting success!

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Directed by
Lou Wallace

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MEDIA & REVIEWS​

Breathlessly energetic!

4/5
Nigel Smith, The Stage

In this wonderfully tongue-in-cheek, fast-paced adaptation, writers John Nicholson and Javier Marzan, of Peepolykus, have joined forces with director Gemma Bodinetz, to turn metatheatre into an extreme sport.

A show delivered with both love and lunacy.

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary, adapted by Javier Marzan and John Nicholson is based on Gustave Flaubert’s novel, which explores gender roles and expectations within the context of 19th-century French society. This playful modern adaptation invites the audience to reflect on our views regarding gender and in doing so invites cross-gender casting by its performers. Issues of race/ethnicity are not explored within the narrative and casting could and should be entirely neutral in that respect.

Part 1, 18th Jan 8pm

Part 2, 19th Jan 8pm

Parts 1+2 20th Jan 2.30pm

Part 1, 23rd Jan 8pm

Part 2, 24th Jan 8pm

Part 1, 25th Jan 8pm

Part 2, 26th Jan 8pm

Part 1, 27th Jan 2.30pm

Part 2,  27th Jan 8pm