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The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst singer in the world

Tuesday 13th - Saturday 17th June 2017
by Peter Quilter and Directed by John Roberts

Hilarious comedy of the worst singer in the world in 1940's New York, the performer who everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Known as 'the first lady of the sliding scale', she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics - instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was.

Auditions and Read Through

A read through of this play will take place at the theatre on Monday March 20th 2017 at 7.30 pm, please come along if you are interested in a part.

Auditions will be held on Wednesday 22nd the same week, place and time.


NB: Please make sure you are able to attend all rehearsals between the 29th May and the 12th June 2017 before auditioning for a part.


Florence Foster Jenkins – Playing Age – 55 to 75

She is a singer - a bad singer - one of the worst ever (but she just doesn't realise).
We need either someone who sings, who will then learn to sing badly or someone who does not sing and who can just fight for the notes - it works either way! 
The most important attribute is to have a keen sense of comedy and find a way of making Florence sing in the terrible way that made her so infamous.
On stage most of the time this will be a demanding but wonderful part to play – lots of dressing up and lots of fun!

St Clair – Playing Age – 55 to 75

Florence’s actor boyfriend - a larger than life character seemingly devoted to Florence who protects her from the outside world, very English, much the failed Shakespearian actor - a lover of life, food and wine (and probably other women!) – another great character to play.

Cosme McMoon – Playing age 30 to 45

Florence’s pianist – Very arch, knowing and amusing – lots of witty lines and a very important character in the play – it would be great if you can play the piano but this is not essential and acting ability trumps piano playing – a good range of horrified expressions will be an asset!

Dorothy – Playing age – 55 to 75

Florence’s friend and intimate – yet another very amusing eccentric character with plenty to do and lots of comic lines and scenarios – needs to be good at handling stuffed dogs!

Maria – Playing age – 30 to 50

Florence and St. Clair’s Mexican cook/housemaid – usually loud and cross! - this role is entirely in Spanish - a part to make your own – no end to the potential laughs that will accompany your every appearance on stage!

Mrs. Verrinder – Playing age – 40 to 60

Florence’s nemesis – someone who tells Florence what a terrible singer she is to her face – a cameo role but very important to the action of the play – lots of vigour and expression needed!

Past Productions


Mar 2017 - Lady In The Van (details updated soon)


Nov 2016 - Scrooge - The Musical

May 2016 - A Different Way to Die / Tagged (details updated soon)
Apr 2016 - Accolade (details updated soon)


Dec 2015 - The Christmas Fairy Tale

Oct 2015 - The Railway Children

May 2015 - Roleplay

Jan 2015 - Quartet


Oct 2014 - Jack The Ripper

Jun 2014 - Dead Reckoning

Mar 2014 - The Real Inspector Hound / Orca the Goldfish


Dec 2013 - Ali Baba and The Faulty Thieves

Oct 2013 - The Final Act (murder mystery)

May 2013 - The Heiress

Feb 2013 - Wife After Death


Oct 2012 - The Boyfriend

May 2012 - Dead Guilty

Feb 2012 - Are You Being Served?


Oct 2011 - Rebecca

May 2011 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Feb 2011 - Duets


Oct 2010 - Pygmalion

Jul 2010 - A Blow to the Head (murder mystery)

Jun 2010 - Outside Edge

Mar 2010 - Blood Brothers


Nov 2009 - 70 Girls 70

Jun 2009 - ‘Allo ‘Allo

Mar 2009 - Barefoot in the Park


Dec 2008 - Aladdin

Oct 2008 - Pack of Lies

Jul 08 - Death by Radio (murder mystery)

May 2008 - 2 One Act Plays

Feb 2008 - Our Town


Oct 2007 - The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ years

Sep 2007 - A Hundred Years of Entertainment

May 2007 - Steel Magnolias

Jan 2007 - Snow White

2006 - 1979

Full details of these past performances can be viewed here.

Awards and Nominations

We were delighted to receive two very prestigious awards from the North Essex Theatre Guild at their 2015 awards evening in September.

The Doris Griffith Memorial Cup for Best Production, ‘RolePlay’, was collected by the director, Val Taylor and the Best Actress in a drama, award went to Alison Baker for her wonderful portrayal of Julie-Ann in that same production.

Previous Awards

The Manifest Theatre has been nominated and collected several awards during the history of the group. See the full list here -->

Our Productions

Although an amateur group we pride ourselves on our professional approach and are dedicated to achieving high standards in all our productions.

Our enthusiastic and talented cast and crew have won many awards over the years; most recently the  Noda Award for Technical Achievement for the set from the production of Dead Guilty, Glyn Hill’s first full Manifest production. Well done to all those involved.

We aim for three productions a year - usually a Comedy, a Straight Play and a Musical (although this can vary). We use different Directors/Producers for each production as well as a Stage Manager and a hard-working team of Lighting, Sound, Make-up and Wardrobe technicians.