BOUVARD & PÉCUCHET

Takomo Theatre

Gustave Flaubert; dramatized and directed by Tuomas Rinta-Panttila 

The complexity of the world. Meaninglessness. Searching for the absolute truth and constantly coming up with sheer relativity.

That is what runs through the minds of the lead characters of Bouvard and Pécuchet, Gustave Flaubert’s final novel. Tired of their own labyrinthine existence, the protagonists decide to find out everything there is to know about everything, about every discipline of science, about every form of art. Naturally, this sort of an effort is bound for disaster.

An endless loop of trial and error reminiscent of life itself, Flaubert’s novel deals with the human condition in a way that remains fresh, surprising and exhilarating to this day.

Dramatist-director Tuomas Rinta-Panttila’s stage adaptation is a critical encyclopedia-turned-farce where two present-dayheroes step in to lead the audience on the above-mentioned quest: to fully understand what in the world is going on in the world!



”Light, smart, laid-back and charmingly nutty. An engaging theatrical trip for a book-lover, and an equally enganging off-road literary adventure for a theatre-lover. And a perfect fit for anyone who’s interested in the meaning of life.”
– Festival Artistic Team