By Peter Quilter Directed by Adam Bamborough
Performance dates : 18th – 26th January 2013 (excluding Sunday 20th).
“Glorious!” is based on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, the legendary New York heiress and socialite who wanted to be a great operatic diva despite having one of the worst singing voices in history, and who used all her money, charm and unstoppable willpower to make it happen. Known as ‘the first lady of the sliding scale’, the soprano voice she hears in her head is beautiful and it never occurs to her that this is not the sound issuing from her mouth. 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. The play spins from Florence’s charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and an ultimate triumph at the Carnegie Hall in this hilarious and heart – warming comedy.