You forget there’s something higher than art – wisdom. And art, at its greatest, is nothing but the expression of wisdom.
George Sand was “the Mother of French Literature”; Gustave Flaubert a complex literary genius. When Flaubert’s avid reading of ancient history led him to pen the novel Salammbô in 1863, the epic story was unexpectedly met with a lukewarm reception. To show her support, Sand came to Flaubert’s defence with an enthusiastic article for a Parisian newspaper. Flaubert wrote to thank Sand for her kindness and what began was not a love affair, but a deep and eager friendship and one of the great epistolary masterpieces of modern times.
Adapted for the stage by Peter Eyre, Gustave & George is a compelling and poignant meditation on the nature of art and friendship starring Alan Cox and BAFTA winner Dame Siân Phillips. The show was previously performed by Eyre and Irene Worth in New York, London and Melbourne under the original title Chère Maître.
“[A] genteel, literary experience”