THE true story of soprano Florence Foster Jenkins is set to shake the rafters of the Dolman Theatre when Newport Playgoers new season commences on October 12.

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 will feature Clare Drewett as Florence Foster Jenkins and Stephen Hopkins as Florence pianist and accompanist Cosmé McMoon.


Clare Drewett said: "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.

Produced by Sue Burgess, Glorious runs at Newport’s Dolman Theatre from October 12 to October 16. Performances start at 7.15pm, with an additional matinee performance at 2pm on the Saturday.

For full information about this performance, call Dolman Theatre on 01633 263670 or visit for booking details and prices.