Glorious

Date 15th October 2021
Society Newport Playgoers Society
Venue Dolman Theatre, Newport
Type of Production Play

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Author: Dianne Hayes

It was with some considerable anticipation and excitement, that the audience welcomed the first Playgoers production at the Dolman Theatre Newport, since the nationwide lockdown and the introduction of COVID regulations.

 “Glorious” a Peter Quilter stage comedy, tells the story of Florence Foster Jenkins the worst singer in the world, played to perfection by Claire Drewett. You were never left in any doubt that you were in the presence of the diva herself. A difficult role was made to look effortless. 

Stephen Hopkins as Cosme the long-suffering pianist gave a superb performance, clearly showing with excellent comedy timing the growing friendship and admiration that he had for Florence. 

Claire Jacob gave an outstanding performance as the maid Maria, giving the whole of the performance in Spanish and capturing the audience’s attention with every entrance. Stephen Saunders as Saint Clair not only gave a good performance but created a perfect atmosphere with an excellent set design.

An excellent cast guided by the experience and knowledge of director Sue Burgess gave an extremely professional performance and kept the audience completely captivated and well entertained.