The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary! at Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Jonathan Holmes in Madame Bovary. Picture: Jonathan Keenan
Jonathan Holmes in Madame Bovary. Picture: Jonathan Keenan
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French literature gets a revamp in Nuffield Theatre’s latest co-production, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!, which runs at the Southampton theatre until March 19.

The fast-paced comedy is a retelling of Gustave Flaubert’s seminal 19th century novel Madame Bovary.

Directed by Gemma Bodinetz, Olivier award-nominated actress Emma Fielding plays the title role of Emma Bovary.

With a cast of just four and a lot of multi-roling, Madame Bovary is an absurd take on the traditional tale. It questions the impotence of women in Victorian society, and gives audiences the opportunity to marvel at how many parts a Spanish man with limited English can play with only one moustache.

Sam Hodges, director at the Nuffield, says: ‘This new production of Madame Bovary is endlessly inventive and ambitious and nails the hardest thing of all: switching between comic theatricality and tragic pathos in a moment.’

Emma Fielding has been nominated for two Olivier Awards and her many stage roles include Private Lives on the West End and Broadway and The King’s Speech.

Tickets: £10-£25, visit or call (023) 8067 1771.