Maureen Lipman to Star in Glorious! in London

News   Maureen Lipman to Star in Glorious! in London The British regional theatres continue to fill London’s playhouses. Recent transfers include Don Carlos (from Sheffield), Sweeney Todd (from Newbury) and now the Birmingham Rep. — which has in recent years sent south Of Mice and Men and The Witches — is set to transfer Glorious!, starring Maureen Lipman.

Produced in London by Michael Codron and Lee Dean, Peter Quilter’s comedy is a bio-play about the 1930’s soprano Florence Foster-Jenkins. A notoriously bad singer, she sold out Carnegie Hall, despite being nicknamed the “dire diva of din." (Souvenir, which also focuses on the singing of Foster Jenkins, will bow on Broadway this season with Judy Kaye in the lead.)

Barrie Ingham plays Foster-Jenkins’ accompanist, and William Oxborrow plays her boyfriend, in a cast that also includes Lolly Susi, Janie Booth and Josie Kidd. Simon Higlett directs, with designs by Alan Strachan.

Lipman, equally known in the U.K. for her TV work and her books as for her stage work, is a regular London performer. She was most recently seen in Aladdin at the Old Vic opposite Ian McKellen, and in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

After a U.K. tour, the show will touch down at the Duchess Theatre, with a single preview on Nov. 1, opening the next night.

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