DetailsHistory is bejewelled with mysteries.
Italy, 1731. Farinelli, the world's most famous castrato, is rich, adored and lauded with honours. His divine voice has the power to captivate all who hear it. Spain, 1737. King Philip V lies awake. The queen, desperate to relieve her husband of his insomnia and depression, begs the castrato to come and sing to the king. The effect is transformational. Philip is healed, held captive by Farinelli's voice - but so is Farinelli... This intriguing true story is re-told in Claire van Kampen's sumptuous play, replete with many of the arias first sung by Farinelli.
Cast/Performers Mark Rylance
(Philippe V), Iestyn Davies
(Feb15 11/12/14/18/20/22/23/24/26/28 and Mar15 2/4/5/6/7/8), William Purefoy
(Feb15 14 at 19:30/Mar15 4 at 19:30/Mar15 5 at 14:30/Mar15 6 at 19:30/Mar15 7 at 19:30/Mar15 8 at 14:30)
Author: Claire van Kampen
Presented by: Shakespeare's Globe
Director: John Dove
Design: Jonathan Fensom