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1st February from 10:30 to 12:00
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The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst singer in the world

Jan 25th to Feb 1st 2020

A play by Peter Quilter

In 1940's New York, the performer who everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Known as 'the first lady of the sliding scale', she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was. This hilarious and heart-warming play is based upon a true story, which was recently adapted for the 2016 film starring Meryl Streep in the title role. However Quilter's play is arguably much funnier than the film, spinning from Florence's charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and an ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall. 

Reviews of the play

"A delightful and blissfully funny play that generates a rare glow of warmth and generous laughter" - Daily Telegraph

"Outstandingly droll and surprisingly touching"  -  The Independent

"Comically Sublime"  -  The Guardian

"A lunatically funny play that will keep you very happy... A glittering comedy with a heart"  - Sunday Times


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Studio in the Auditorium
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Mar 14th to 21st
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May 9th to 16th
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Friedrich Schiller adapted by Peter Oswald
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Joe Landry
Main House
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