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Glorious! at the Bear Pit

Glorious! by Peter Quilter, The Bear Pit Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, from 18 – 22 June 2024.



Glorious! The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World. A Bear Pit Theatre Production, directed by Phil Beeson.


Glorious! Is described variously by the critics as “a hilarious and heart-warming comedy”, “a lunatically funny comedy” and “an affectionate tribute to a 22-carat eccentric”.

Glorious! is set in 1940s New York, and follows the extraordinary performing career of Florence Foster Jenkins, “the worst singer in the world”, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect, but who was the performer that everyone wanted to see live.

This delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics as she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter.

Image courtesy of The Bear Pit Theatre.

Written by Peter Quilter, his plays have been produced in 40 countries around the world and translated into 30 languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End and a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated  for the Olivier Award for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. Glorious! Premiered in the West End in 2005 starring Maureen Lipman. It has now been seen by over a million people in theatres across five continents.

Image courtesy of The Bear Pit Theatre.



Florence Foster Jenkins – Angela Minto

Dorothy – Viv Tomlinson

Maria – Lynn Taylor

Mrs Verrinder-Gedge – Margo McCleary

Cosme – Mark Ewins

St Clair – Paul Tomlinson

Production Team:

Director – Phil Beeson

Stage Manager – Lynda Liddament

Costume – Rebekah Artner, Elizabeth Foster

Lighting & Sound Design – Richard Ball

Set Build – Martin Tottle

Props – Barbara Treen

Crew – Andrew Lear, Bernard Hall

Marketing – Chris Dobson, Richard Sandle-Keynes, Jules Sparks



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