Maureen Lipman is going to Birmingham Rep in September to play the worst singer in the world! Peter Quilter’s play about Florence Foster Jenkins premiers at the Rep 2nd September.
Maureen Lipman will be playing the worst singer in the world on stage at the Birmingham
Repertory Theatre this Autumn in a new play, Glorious, based on the life of Florence Foster
Jenkins. The play will receive its world premiere in Birmingham from 2nd – 17th September.
Glorious, written by Peter Quilter is the true story of the eccentric American, Florence Foster
Jenkins, otherwise known as the ‘socialite soprano’. During the Thirties and Forties, the somewhat
delusional singer made a career out of doing concerts, although she couldn’t hit a single note. The
‘dire diva of din’ recorded many records and perhaps her most famous recording was of Mozart’s
Queen of the Night aria. After doing a series of private concerts at the Ritz Carlton in New York the
singer braved Carnegie Hall, which sold out months in advance.
As one of Britian’s favourite actors, Maureen Lipman, has been a regular face on television and in
the theatre for over 30 years. She has found fame with her role as Beattie in a series of telephone
commercials, and portrayed legendary women such as writer Enid Blyton, comedian Joyce
Grenfell, and infamous literary agent Peggy Ramsay, as well as selling six million copies of her
novels worldwide. Her recent theatre appearances include the West End musical Thoroughly
Modern Millie and the Old Vic panto, Aladdin, alongside Sir Ian McKellan.