Madame Bovary

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The Major Tragedy of Madame Bovary

16 June 2017


This year’s Lower School play takes on an audacious and ambitious pastiche of Gustave Flaubert’s 19th century classic, Madame Bovary.


Written by Nicholson & Marzan, the creators of Sherlock Holmes spoof Hound, The Major Tragedy of Madame Bovary, takes Flaubert’s complex novel of the downfall of bored, discontented and beautiful Emma Bovary, and lovingly derails it. In a review of the 2016 production at the Liverpool Everyman The Guardian observed that, ‘Flaubert’s dry comic-observations are replaced with full-on slapstick’. The Liverpool Echo summed up the play as a ‘charming carousel of invention and idiocy with a serious story at its heart’.


Alongside the fast-paced witty repartee and tomfoolery the play also has an ambitious and unusual strand adopting the ‘metatheatrical ‘ conceit that the actors play both themselves and their characters throughout. As is tradition, the Wally Hall Drama team have achieved the impossible, transforming a play, with an original cast of 4 into one of 70!


The Major Tragedy of Madame Bovary will be performed in the Ship Theatre on 27th and 28th June from 6.00pm. Tickets are £10 and available from the School Office on 01732 451334.