Picture Special: Newport Playgoers’ Return To Dolman Theatre with Glorious: The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins

Newport Playgoers are to return with their first post-lockdown presentation at Newport’s Dolman Theatre on October 12th. In Peter Quilter’s comedy, Glorious: The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, audiences will get to meet the worst opera singer in the world.

In 1940s New York, The performer 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’, Florence warbled and screeched her way through concerts to audiences who mostly fell about with laughter.

Presented by Newport Playgoers, Glorious features Clare Drewett as Florence Foster Jenkins and Stephen Hopkins as Florence pianist and accompanist Cosmé McMoon.

Clare Drewett describes the play, ‘It is really the story of her relationship with Cosmé.  He is at first, horrified as he thinks “This is going to ruin my career!” because he plays so brilliantly, and she is simply awful! He grows to really love her because she is such an endearing character.

This week the cast posed for photographs to promote the forthcoming production, which is produced by Sue Burgess.

When To See Glorious At Newport’s Dolman Theatre

  • Glorious runs at Newport’s Dolman Theatre from October 12th – 16th, 2021. Performances start at 7:15pm, with an additional matinee performance at 2:00pm on the Saturday.
  • For full information about this performance, please contact the Dolman Theatre on 01633 263670 or visit http://www.dolmantheatre.co.uk for booking details and prices.
  • Photographs by Andy Howells

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