Published On 17 August 2017 at 12:02 PM
For one night only on Saturday 26 August, Sutherland Entertainment Centre presents Glorious! the three cast West End and worldwide hit play by acclaimed playwright Peter Quilter which tells the hilarious and true story of the world’s worst opera singer, Florence Foster Jenkins.
The show premiered in London's West End in November 2005 and received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination as Best New Comedy. Since then it has been seen by two million plus people across six continents. The movie Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant was inspired by the play and was released in Australia to popular acclaim in 2016.
In the 1940s the singer who everyone wanted to see perform live in New York was a most enthusiastic soprano named Florence Foster Jenkins who was referred to as ' the first lady of the sliding scale'.
Surrounding herself by her devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as Florence was, this deliciously happy and delusional woman paid scant attention to her critics and would screech and warble to her audiences who in the majority fell about with laughter.
This heart-warming comedy moves from Florence's recitals for charity and lavish balls, through to her very odd recording sessions and her ultimate performance triumph at New York’s Carnegie Hall, incorporating her wonderfully colourful relationships along the way.
“This is not just a very funny play, it is also a touching and uplifting story about living your dreams. The central relationship - between Florence and her pianist - is ultimately quite touching, as well as hilarious,” Denny Lawrence, multi-award winning Australian actor, writer, producer and director.
Diana McLean as Florence has had a long career in television, film and theatre. She is best known to the Australian public for her earlier television work via her long running role in The Young Doctors as Vivienne Jeffries and Dorothy Dunlop in the iconic Number 96 as well as roles on the ABC/BBC series Ben Hall and Winner Takes All.
Diana returned to Australia after 16 years living in Europe in 1999 to play Bess O'Brien in Neighbours, appear in the film A Model Daughter and has had further roles on television in Wonderland, All Saints, Water Rats, Murder Call and Backberner.
Diana’s theatre work includes Colder and The Cold Child, Love & Money, Three Sisters and Other Desert Cities for which she received a 2014 Best Supporting Actress in an Independent Production nomination in the prestigious Sydney Theatre Awards.
Her acclaimed role of the 91 year old grandmother Vera in 4000 Miles directed by Anthony Skuse earned her a 2013 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in an Independent Production nomination.
Tickets are available online from the Sutherland Entertainment Centre website or through the box office at 30 Eton Street, Sutherland.