by Peter Quilter
2017 – 2018 National Tour
2017 – 11 venues
2018 – 10 venues
Glorious! tells the hilarious true story of the world’s worst opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins. This West End and world-wide hit was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award -Best New Comedy (2005) and has been seen by two million plus people across six continents.
Starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, the movie (Florence Foster Jenkins) inspired by the play was released to acclaim this year. In the 1940s the singer everyone wanted to see perform live in New York was the enthusiastic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins – ‘ the first lady of the sliding scale’. Surrounding herself by devoted friends, almost as eccentric as she, this deliciously happy and delusional woman paid scant attention to her critics and would screech and warble to her audiences, most falling about with laughter.
This heart-warming comedy moves from Florence’s charity recitals and lavish balls, through to her very odd recording sessions and her ultimate performance triumph at New York’s Carnegie Hall, incorporating her wonderfully colourful relationships along the way.
Diana McLean as Florence (best known for The Young Doctors, Number 96 and All Saints) head the cast of three.
Florence Foster Jenkins – Diana McLean
Cosme McMoon (2017) – Mitchell Roberts
Cosme McMoon (2018) – Joshua Sanders
Dorothy / Maria / Mrs Verrinder-Gedge (2017) – Felicity Soper
Dorothy / Maria / Mrs Verrinder-Gedge (2018) – Kaarin Fairfax
Author – Peter Quilter
Director – Denny Lawrence
Set, Costume & Lighting Designers – Jacob Battista & Sophie Woodward
Sound Designer – Chris Hubbard