White Cobra Productions present ‘Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins’ at The Playhouse Theatre from 6 March ahead of a national tour.
‘Glorious!’ tells the story of the infamous New York heiress whose one ambition in life was to be a great operatic diva. Starting her career in her forties, she achieved more than many of her rival performers despite one major disadvantage – she was completely tone deaf and couldn’t sing!
Her determination and tenacity won her hoards of admirers – Cole Porter rarely missed her performances. Peter Quilter’s Olivier award nominated comedy shows how even the greatest of underdogs can overcome their detractors and achieve their ambitions.
White Cobra‘s ambitious staging of the play takes us from Florence’s lavish 1940s New York apartment, via the Melotone recording studios, to Carnegie Hall itself! The story starts with Madame Jenkins (Kate Billingham) at home, accompanied by her English actor companion St. Clair Byfield (Fraser Haines), and dotty, sherry loving friend Dorothy (Kimberley Vaughan) who, together with Florence are looking for a new pianist. Enter the unsuspecting Cosme McMoon (Richard Jordan) and Florence’s greatest adventure begins.
‘Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins’ runs from 6 – 10 March at 7.45pm at The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street. Tickets £11 (£10 concessions) available online or on 07447217622
Poster image by Mark Quelch