adapted by Rosanna Lowe from the novel by Gustave Flaubert

A scene from Madame Bovary

Photo by Joe Brown

Tue 10 - Sat 14 April 2018 at 7.30pm
The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street, Northampton NN1 3JA


Charles Bovary / Lheureux / Coachman / Blind Barrel-Organ Man Lou Chawner
Rodolphe / Homais / Charles's Father / 1st Mme Bovary / Nun 3 / Beadle / Bailiff / Berthe (puppet) / Opera Singer Beverley Webster
Leon / Charles's Mother / Justin / Roualt / Priest / Nun 2 Mired Kearins
Lheureux's Little Helper / Nun 1 / Djali (puppet) Alex Rex

Additional characters
played by the cast

Directors Alex Rex, Tamsyn Payne
Production Design Tamsyn Payne
Stage Manager / Tech Design
Megan Lucas
Assistant Stage Manager / Mistress of 1,000 props Lisa Wright
Live Music Score / Photography Joe Brown
Nuns' Chorus / Opera revised by Beverley Webster
Lauren Hubbard (Berthe & Djali), Elizabeth Palmer (Baby & Nuns)
Costumes made by Pam Mann, Tamsyn Payne
Additional Costumes
Clare Brittain at The Works
Hair & Makeup Sidone McDowell
Set Build Megan Lucas, Emma Barrow, Tamsyn Payne, David Payne
Prop Makers Lisa Wright, Elizabeth Palmer, Kathy Ingram
Programme Design Tamsyn Payne
Front of House
Masque Theatre members

Preview: 'A very funny, physical version of the story'

Tamsyn Payne | director

Rosanna Lowe's high energy comic version of Gustave Flaubert's seminal 19th 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…

Masque's production is brought to you by the creative team behind A Midsummer Nights Dream: Alex Rex, Megan Lucas and me.

This is a very funny, physical version of the story.

The themes of frustration, unfulfilled ambition and the folly of youth are still there but the whole thing is played very light, which only serves to make the darker elements even more so.

Flyer for Madame Bovary

Masque Theatre's production is directed by Tamsyn Payne, whose shows for the group include A Midsummer Night's Dream (2017), Dinner (2017), Arsenic & Old Lace (2014), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2007), Dying For It (2010) and Arabian Nights (2012).