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I am sure that a less-experienced cast would have shown up the imperfections of the script, but I was very impressed with the way the cast handled the lib and made it a fascinating evening’s entertainment.

The fact that it was based on a true story, and that newspaper headlines and newsreel from the time were used, made this come to life, and using the music and projections to set the scene, both at the beginning and also to cover scene changes was excellent, and kept the whole thing flowing.

I was very impressed with the direction, and also the super sets, they worked so well, and were both colourful, but classy (well Act 1’s was), Act 2’s set was slightly more wacky, but suited the feel of the times and the occasion.

The whole story centred round Florence Foster-Jenkins, billed as the worst singer in the world, but who drew crowds and sell-out audiences, perhaps amazed at the sheer audacity of the woman.

Angela Goss excelled herself and was truly Glorious, we got the self-assurance of a woman convinced she was a star, but also glimpses of her vulnerability, and her need for approbation from those around her.  One of the best performances I have seen in a long time.

Anthony Bird as her pianist, was quite withdrawn in his portrayal, but it worked well against the other characters. He really looked as if he was playing the piano, as the keyboard was placed at such an angle to make it look so – very well done.

I liked Alan Goss as St Clair, very suave and elegant, whilst pandering to the woman who gave him what he wanted out of life, without much effort required from him!  A charming man.

Susan Young gave a great performance as the maid Maria, like Florence, I couldn’t understand a word she said, but it was delivered with such intensity and purpose.

I enjoyed Barbara Morton’s portrayal of Dorothy, Florence’s loyal friend, and admirer.  Lovely performance.

Cathy Maile had a chance to really make her mark as the disapproving Mrs Verrinder-Gedge, which she did with style and confidence.

David Herder completed the cast as the Radio Announcer.

A very accomplished production, I thoroughly enjoyed it, everything from the technical aspects to the cast was first rate.  

Dunstable Rep


review date: 21st January 2019

Little Theatre, Dunstable

Director:  Chris Young


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