Glorious!: The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World

by  Peter Quilter

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 4f

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.

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Glorious!: The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World

by  Peter Quilter

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Glorious!: The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Olivier, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Hilarious comedy of the worst singer in the world 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.

Based upon a true story, the play spins from Florence's charity recitals and extravagent balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and an ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in this hilarious and heart-warming comedy. For more information, click here.

Find video clips of Glorious in performance around the world here

 
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Accolades

  • Nominee! Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Delightful and blissfully funny." - Daily Telegraph

"Hilarious and touching." - Daily Mail

"A glittering comedy with a heart...lunatically funny" - Sunday Times

"Comically sublime" - The Guardian 

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To see more videos of productions of Glorious!, check out Peter Quilter's Vimeo page.

Videos

  • Clip from the Fulton Opera House production
  • Austrian premiere of Glorious!
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Tours

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: New York City, 1944
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 4f
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS - an eccentric American lady, 60s/70s
COSME MCMOON - a pianist, early 30s
ST. CLAIR - Florence's English boyfriend, 60s
DOROTHY - Florence's friend, 60s
MARIA - Florence and St Clair's Mexican cook and housemaid
MRS. VERRINDER-GEDGE - an American lady, late middle age
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in forty countries around the world and translated into thirty languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award - for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. His work has been produced at som ...

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Premiered at the Duchess Theatre in London's West End, 2005/2006

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