Review: The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary at Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary
The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary

Four actors, 21 parts and a tragedy told with impeccable comic timing is likely to leave audiences laughing.

Taking the French novel, it is a story of a woman driven to despair by a patriarchal society.

However because of the concept of the part, it inevitably leads to plenty of laughs. Indeed, there’s a lesson that many theatre companies could learn in that the story is told effectively with a scant set and a limited number of props.

Towards the end of the show, there are several twists and turns, nimbly switching between the two very different tones of the piece.

This is a piece which rattles along, has plenty of laughs and is highly recommended.

The show can be seen until Saturday. For tickets call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit