by Peter Quilter
Directed by Genni Trickett
This production won the Cygnet award at the ArtsRichmond Swan Awards 2016-2017. Ian Kinane was also nominated for Best Actor in a Play in his role as Cosme McMoon.
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 extravagant ball, through to her bizarre recording sessions and an ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in this hilarious and heart-warming comedy.
Florence Foster Jenkins – Felicity Morgan
Cosme McMoon – Ian Kinane
St Clair – Dominic Parford
Dorothy – Laurie Coombs
Maria – Lillian Hull
Mrs Verrinder-Gedge – Fran Billington