Above: “That sounded perfect to me!” Stars of the new film Florence Foster Jenkins... Meryl Streep (singing), Hugh Grant (listening) & Simon Helberg (piano). Photo: Pathe UK There won’t be many amateur societies unfamiliar with the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, ‘the worst singer in the world.’ Peter Quilter’s international smash hit play, Glorious!, which premiered back in 2005, has since been performed in more than twenty countries around the world selling, in the process, over a million tickets. Back in the UK, for several years now Glorious! has regularly been one of Samuel French’s most-licensed titles performed by the non-professional theatre sector - and you can bet an even bigger surge of license applications will be on its way over the coming months. Why?... British director Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, Mrs. Henderson Presents, The Queen, Philomena) teams up with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant for the first time as the inspirational, poignant, heart-warming true story about love, music and the pursuit of dreams comes to the big screen opening in cinemas from 6 May. With a screenplay by Nicholas Martin, who was hooked by the ‘glorious’ chasm between Florence Foster Jenkins’ self-belief and her startling failings as a singer, Sardines is fortunate indeed to bring you an interview with the stars of the film as well as their director, writer and producer...
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