London Premiere

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!



17 November -
17 December 2022


“Don’t you think the world looks different this morning?”

Emma Bovary is bored. She’s bored with her boring doctor husband, bored with her boring provincial village, and bored with her role as a dutiful wife in (boring) nineteenth-century France. But Emma reads novels. Lots of novels. And in novels, life is considerably more riotous… Now, four actors battle hilarious mishaps and misbehaving props to tell the (massively) tragic story of Madame Bovary.

Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary was published in 1856, prosecuted for obscenity, and hailed as the greatest novel ever written. Marieke Audsley directs the latest comedy from John Nicholson, co-Artistic Director of Peepolykus, who returns to Jermyn Street Theatre following his smash hit The Hound of the Baskervilles



Jennifer Kirby
Jennifer is a stage and television actress, perhaps best known for her role as Nurse Valerie Dyer in Call the Midwife. This year, she appeared in Netflix’s new series Vampire Academy.
Sam Alexander
Sam has appeared in several productions at the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Chichester Festival Theatre. He has extensive film and television credits which include ITV’s Doc Martin and Lewis.
Alistair Cope
Alistair has worked extensively in theatre, television, and film, including with the Old Vic, Channel 4, and the Arcola. He recently appeared in the BBC’s Motherland.
Dennis Herdman
Dennis’ stage credits include a number of productions at Shakespeare’s Globe, Regents Park Open Air Theatre and Soho Theatre. Recently, he appeared in several BBC radio dramas including Talking to Chickens and Murmurations.

John Nicholson
Marieke Audsley
Amy Watts
Set & Costume Designer
Chris McDonnell
Lighting Designer
Matt Eaton
Sound Designer


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“A stunning triumph”
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“Remain on the edge of your seat, though you might fall off laughing”
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“A perfect show to bring in the festive season”
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“Will bring laughter to many this Christmas”
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“All four of the cast are fantastic”
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