The hilarious true story about the world’s worst opera singer, Florence Foster Jenkins, Riverside Theatres presents Peter Quilter’s heart-warming comedy Glorious! for a limited season from 5 September 2017.
In the 1940s the singer everyone wanted to see perform live in New York was the enthusiastic soprano and ‘the first lady of the sliding scale’, Florence Foster Jenkins. 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.
Glorious! 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.
Directed by Denny Lawrence, Diana McLean (The Young Doctors, Number 96 and All Saints) leads a cast of three as Florence, including Mitchell Roberts (Sound of Hollywood, Einstein: Master of the Universe, Tick Tick Boom) and Felicity Soper (Roulette, If It Bleeds, A Winter’s Tale).
Peter Quilter is a West End and Broadway playwright, who is best known for his play End of the Rainbow, and his West End comedy Glorious! His other works include: BoyBand the Musical, The Canterville Ghost, Just the Ticket , Duets, 4000 Days, and The Morning After.
Glorious! was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award – Best New Comedy (2005) and has been seen by over two million people across six continents! Inspired by the play, the movie Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant was released to acclaim in 2016.
“This delightful and blissfully funny play generates a rare glow of warmth and generous laughter.” – Daily Telegraph
Lennox Theatre – Riverside Theatres, Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Season: 5 – 9 September 2017
Information and Bookings: www.riversideparramatta.com.au
Glorious! will also be presented at QUT Gardens Theatre, Brisbane (12 – 13 September), The Arts Centre Gold Coast (16 September), Leitchville Memorial Hall (20 September), and the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre (23 September)
Image: Diana McLean as Florence (supplied)