Glorious! (2020)

The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst singer in the world

Jan 25th to Feb 1st 2020

Written by Peter Quilter

Directed by Anne-marie Greene

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

'this Glorious-ly funny production... a strong support cast make the most of the comic opportunities offered by a play that’s peppered with them. There’s even a funeral scene that reduced the audience to the kind of hysterics that must have rippled around Carnegie Hall when Florence was in full flow. Jan Nightingale... takes on the lead with the confidence and relish required. And she really has a voice to match her surname" Chris Arnot