Glorious! By Peter Quilter
Wednesday 16 May
Presented by Ipswich Civic Centre and HIT Productions
Starring Diana Mclean
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) heads the cast of three.
THIS DELIGHTFUL AND BLISSFULLY FUNNY NEW PLAY GENERATES A RARE GLOW OF WARMTH AND GENEROUS LAUGHTER… THIS IS A CULT HIT IN THE MAKING IF I EVER SAW ONE (Daily Telegraph)
THIS TOUCHING PLAY IS A LESSON IN HOW TO LIVE YOUR DREAM. FUNNY, SHARP AND IRRESISTIBLE (Daily Express)