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Why See Farinelli and the King?

Mark Rylance Returns to new York

Following a sell out run in London, Claire van Kampen's courtly drama transfers to New York with Oscar and three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance. He stars as the reclusive King Phillipe V of Spain, whose deep melancholia was kept at bay for the last nine years of his life by the presence of a famed Italian castrato. Taking this curious historical footnote as its inspiration, Farinelli and the King weaves an understated and perceptive portrait of an unlikely companionship, one that provides yet another prime role for Rylance.

One of Modern Theatre's Greats

Former Artistic Director of The Globe in London, Mark Rylance is considered one of the finest stage actors in the world. On this side of the Atlantic, he's won three Tony Awards for Boeing, Boeing, Jeruselum and Twlefth Night. In recent years he's become an ever more prominent presence on our screens as well, with show-stealing turns in the BBC mini series Wolf Hall, Christopher Nolan's war epic Dunkirk, and his Oscar-winning portrayal of a Russian spy in Bridge of Spies.


King Phillipe V of Spain suffers from severe insomnia, which is causing him and his wife great distress. Desperate to help her ailing husband, the Queen sends for the famed castrato Farinelli, whose legendary voice has been likened to that of an angel.

Astounded and cheered by the extraordinary singer, Philippe invites Farinelli to stay with him at court, in order to keep away his existential funk. In turn, Farinelli finds solace away from the opera houses and crushing celebrity that follows him everywhere. But ultimately, will he be content to remain in the shadows at the bedside of a king, or will fame and glory tempt him back into the limelight?

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Previews from: 5 December 2017

Opening night: 17 December 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

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And before you stop reading

Image is taken from the West End production

Cast and Creative


Mark Rylance as The King
Sam Crane as Farinelli
Huss Garbiya as Doctor Jose Cervi
Colin Hurley as John Rich (through January 7)
Simon Jones as John Rich (from January 9)
Edward Peel as De La Cuadra
Melody Grove as Isabella Farnese
Lucas Hall as Jethro/Cover Farinelli
Lestyn Davies as singing voice of Farinelli


Written by Claire van Kampen
Directed by John Dove

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Delightful sell-out TRUE

Mark Rylance holds his audience captive!

Mark Rylance holds his audience captive in this excellent part-comedy, part-drama period-piece. The production will delight all senses - Rylance is in every sense a king of the stage, his portrayal of the depressed Philippe V of Spain flitting p

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