Watch 4 actors play over 21 characters in The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!, a hilariously spectacular comedy, based on Gustave Flaubert’s complex novel -  lovingly derailed by Peepolykus (No Wise Men, The Hound of the Baskervilles).  

The seminal nineteenth century novel will be brought spectacularly to life by director Madame 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 ... [A] wonderfully tongue-in-cheek, fast-paced adaptation" 
★★★★ The Stage

"It’s hard not to be won over by its cheeky charm ... A comic smash" 
★★★★ Reviews Hub

"A charming carousel of invention and idiocy with a serious story at its heart"
★★★★ Liverpool Echo

Photo credit (rehearsal photos): Brian Roberts / Photo credit (production photos): Jonathan Keenan


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Offer applies to the following productions: Girls Like That, The WitchesA Raisin in the Sun, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!, The Odyssey, Twelfth Night, Get Carter, The 39 Steps, Brideshead Revisited, Noises Off and The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.

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Video : Audience Reactions: The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

Watch 4 actors play over 21 characters in this hilariously spectacular comedy, based on Gustave Flaubert’s complex novel, lovingly derailed by Peepolykus. 

Video : Trailer: The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

Watch 4 actors play over 21 characters in this hilariously spectacular comedy, based on Gustave Flaubert’s complex novel, lovingly derailed by Peepolykus. 

  • Emma Fielding - Emma Bovary and as cast

    Emma Fielding

    Emma is Associate Artist at The Royal Shakespeare Company.

    Theatre credits include: Rapture Blister Burn (Hampstead Theatre); In The Republic Of Happiness and Spinning Into Butter (Royal Court); Decade (Headlong); The King’s Speech (Wyndham’s Theatre); Heartbreak House (Chichester); Playing With Fire, Look Back In Anger and Arcadia (National Theatre); Rock ‘n’ Roll (Duke of York’s); Macbeth, Heartbreak House, 1953 and School For Wives (Almeida); Cymbeline, Measure For Measure, The School For Scandal [Olivier Award nomination], Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Broken Heart (Royal Shakespeare Company); Private Lives [Oliver Award nomination & New York Theatre World Award] (Albery Theatre & Broadway) and Jane Eyre (Sheffield Crucible).

    Film credits include: Fast Girls, Twenty8k, The Other Man, Discovery of Heaven, Pandaemonium, The Scarlet Tunic and The Great Ghost Rescue.

    Television credits include: Dark Angel, Close To The Enemy, Capital, Arthur & George, This Is England ’90, New Tricks, Foyle’s War, DCI Banks, Silk, The Game, George Gently, Father Brown, Death In Paradise, The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher, Kidnap & Ransom, Midsomer Murders, The Cranford Chronicles, Fallen Angel, Ghost Squad, Beneath The Skin, The Government Inspector, Waking The Dead, My Uncle Silas, Birthday Girl, Big Bad World, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Other People’s Children, A Respectable Trade, The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, A Dance To The Music Of Time, Drover’s Gold, Poirot, The Maitlands, Dread Poet Society, Tell Tale Hearts and The Gist.

    Emma also has numerous radio broadcast credits.

  • John Nicholson - Charles Bovary and as cast

    John Nicholson

    Theatre credits include: Bah Humbug! (SFU Woodwards, Vancouver); The King and I and Crazy For You (Gateway Theatre, Vancouver); Brief Encounter (Kneehigh/Vancouver Playhouse); Red Light Winter (Havana Theatre, Vancouver); The Thing About Men (Vancouver Arts Club); Jubilee, One Touch Of Venus, DuBarry Was a Lady and By Jupiter (Discover the Lost Musicals/Barbican) and L'Amfiparnaso (Trestle Theatre).

    Film credits include: The BFG, Rembrabdt's J'Accuse, Nightwatching, Partition, Martian Child and Helen.

    Television credits include: The Descendants, Almost Human, Rogue, Cult, Once Upon A Time, Fringe, Snow 2, Psych, Terminal City, Reunion, Young Blades, The 4400, Saved, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG1 and Cold Squad.

  • Javier Marzan - Javier Marzan and as cast

    Javier Marzan

    Javier is Co-Artistic Director of Peepolykus.

    Trained: L’Ecole Phillipe Gaulier.

    Other theatre credits include: No Wise Men (Peepolykus / Liverpool Playhouse); Sex and the Three Day Week (Liverpool Playhouse); The Ghost Train (Royal Exchange, Manchester);Romeo and Juliet (The Rose); The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation (Traverse, Edinburgh); And The Horse You Rode On (The Barbican); Royal Jelly (David Pugh Productions); The Critic (Minerva Chichester); Spyski (Lyric Hammersmith / West Yorkshire Playhouse); A Streetcar Named Desire (Nuffield); Beauty and the Beast (Told by an Idiot / Lyric Hammersmith / Warwick Arts Centre); The Hound of the Baskervilles (Duchess Theatre); All In The Timing (International Tour); Mindbender (National Tour); Aladdin (Told by an Idiot / Lyric Hammersmith); Jack and the Beanstalk, A Christmas Carol and Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith); Rhinocerous (National Tour); and Goose Nights (International Tour).

    Television credits include: Benidorm, Watson and Oliver (series two), Mongrels, Royal Jelly, Clone, Comedy Connections and Extra.

    Film credits include: Paddington Bear, Acts of Godfrey and Not Waving But Drowning.

    Radio credits include: The History Play: Maggie Heart Galtieri, Hound of the Baskervilles,Beautiful Dreamers, Cabin Pressure and Marley Was Dead.

  • Jonathan Holmes - Jonathan Holmes and everything else

    Jonathan Holmes

    John is Co-Artistic Director of Peepolykus.

    Theatre credits as a performer include ten touring shows for Peepolykus: No Wise Men (Liverpool Playhouse); The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society (Traverse, Edinburgh); The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo (Royal Shakespeare Company); Spyski, Jekyll and Hydish (Lyric Hammersmith) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (West Yorkshire Playhouse / West End).

    Television credits as a performer include: Under Surveillance, The Wrong Door, The Bearded Ladies, A Salted Nut, Brian Gulliver’s Travels, Marley was Dead, Baskervilles, A Tresspasser’s Guide to the Classics (series 1 and 2) and Benidorm.

    Theatre credits as a writer include: The Hound of the Baskervilles (West Yorkshire Playhouse / West End); The First Thing That Ever Happened (Lyric Hammersmith); Nina Conti in Dolly Mixtures and Richard III’s Rampage (Kevin Spacey Foundation); The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society (Traverse, Edinburgh); Origins (Pentabus); The Light Princess (Tobacco Factory Bristol); Dick Tracey (Le Navet Bete) and Shaun the Sheep stage show (Aardman).

    Television credits as a writer include: Off Their Rockers.

    Radio credits as a writer include: Marley was Dead, Baskervilles, Rik Mayall’s Bedside Tales and A Trespasser’s Guide to the Classics.

  • Gemma Bodinetz - Director

    Gemma Bodinetz

  • Conor Murphy - Set Designer

    Conor Murphy

  • Amanda Stoodley - Costume and Associate Designer

    Amanda Stoodley

  • Jack Knowles - Lighting Designer

    Jack Knowles

  • Fergus O’Hare - Sound Designer

    Fergus O’Hare

  • Peter Coyte - Composer

    Peter Coyte

  • Anthony Almeida - Assistant Director

    Anthony Almeida

  • Elinor Randle - Movement Director

    Elinor Randle