Plays by Peter Quilter

End of the Rainbow

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

End of the Rainbow is a savagely funny and deeply moving drama, infused with all the glamour and melancholy of stardom.

It is Christmas 1968, and with a six-week booking at London’s famed cabaret restaurant 'Talk of the Town', it looks as though Judy Garland is set to make a comeback. The failed marriages, suicide attempts and addictions are all behind her: at forty-six, with her new fiancé at her side, she seems determined to reclaim her crown as the greatest talent of her generation.

Yet in her suite at the Ritz Hotel, Garland battles with a tornado of drugs and alcohol as the exhausting series of concerts takes its toll. A tough, compelling woman, armed to the teeth with a razor-sharp wit, she finds that happiness continues to elude her.

End of the Rainbow premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2005.


Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Glorious! is a sparkling comedy based on the true story of the astronomical success of the worst singer in the world.

In New York in the 1940s, the performer whom 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, comfortably surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was.

Based upon a true story, the play spins from Florence's charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in a hilarious and heart-warming comedy.

Glorious! premiered at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2005.

Picture of Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter is recognised to be one of the most widely produced young playwrights in the world. His work has been produced in thirty-six countries and translated into twenty-three languages. His plays have been presented in major theatres in cities as diverse as Sydney, Amsterdam, Berlin, Johannesburg, Warsaw, Chicago, Caracas, Helsinki, Budapest, Rome Montreal, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and London.

He began his career in 1999 with the pop industry comedy BoyBand which played a summer season at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End before travelling to Holland, Denmark, Poland, Slovakia, Estonia and South Africa. His work since then has ranged from female monologues (Just the Ticket) to farces (Curtain Up) musicals (The Canterville Ghost) and dramas (Celebrity).

In addition to the worldwide success of End of the Rainbow, Peter has also enjoyed international acclaim for his comedy Glorious! (the True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World). The show played a six-month run at London's Duchess Theatre in 2006 starring Maureen Lipman and was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Glorious! has since played in over a hundred theatres across six continents.

Peter is also the writer of the popular and award winning 2009 comedy Duets - an evening comprised of four different plays, each performed in a tour de force by the same two actors. In 2011 he wrote two new plays - The Nightingales (a nostalgic musical based around a theatrical family in the 1950s) and The Morning After (a modern comedy set entirely in a bedroom).