Historian Orlando Figes' debut play, inspired by his best-selling book 'The Europeans'.
Madame Bovary made Gustave Flaubert the most famous writer in Paris, but thanks to a bad publishing deal, he’s earned barely any money. In fact, he is totally broke. His friends Zola and Turgenev beg him to dumb down his work for the masses, but Gustave isn’t compromising. As such, Flaubert must find a job ...
Philip Wilson directs this comedy of literary fiascos.
“The play’s tendency to be a grab bag of biographical details is indulgent as much as it is diligent, but if gobbets such as Zola’s entice you, Figes’s first play proves worth sitting through.”