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Madame Bovary by The Masque Theatre

The Masque Theatre’s take on Madame Bovary is unveiled to the public starting Tuesday next week at The Playhouse Theatre in Clare Street.

The theatre group has issued the following press statement:

‘speech is a cracked kettle on which we tap out crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars’ – Emma Bovary


Masque present Rosanna Lowe’s high-energy comic version of Gustave Flaubert’s seminal nineteenth century masterpiece. Emma has a head full of religious nonsense and romantic novels when she marries Dr Charles Bovary. But married love is not as fulfilling as she had imagined.

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…I am bored… i am SO BORED!!!

A tale of sex and shopping, poison and passion, marriage and manure! The tragic-comedy, (or comictragedy) of Madame Bovary…

Flaubert took five years to write Madame Bovary, his debut novel. On publication in 1855 the French government denounced it as immoral (a charge which was later acquitted). Highly influential in its modern style, Some critics and writers consider it to be the greatest novel ever.

Writer Rosanna Lowe was originally commissioned by Simon Godwin (now associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre) to adapt and direct this version of the book, which toured and played at The Royal Theatre in 2002.

Permission was given by Rosanna to dust-off her script for this production (it’s languished in a drawer for 16 years!). Directed and designed for Masque Theatre by Alex Rex and Tamsyn Payne following on from last year’s outdoor spectacular Midsummer Night’s Dream in Wicksteed Park and Dinner at The Playhouse.

Tickets: £9 (Concessions £8 / Members £7) available from St Giles Music, by phone on 07586 288793 or online at www.wegottickets.com/masquetheatre Suggested as suitable for 14+ (a fair amount of flagrant romping of a comedy nature, no violence, no swearing). WWW.MASQUETHEATRE.COM

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