Glorious!: The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World
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.
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.
Find video clips of Glorious in performance around the world here
- Nominee! Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy
"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
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Time Period: 1940s / WWII
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Florence Foster Jenkins is a singer. A bad singer. One of the worst ever (but she just doesn't realise). Companies could cast an actress who sings, who will then learn to sing badly. Or they can cast an actress who does not sing and she can just fight for the notes as she does in the shower. It works either way. So long as the actress has a keen sense of comedy, she will find a way of making Florence sing in the terrible way that made her so infamous.