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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.Performers Mark Rylance (Philippe V), Sam Crane (Farinelli), Iestyn Davies (singing role of Farinelli - some dates), Rupert Enticknap (singing role of Farinelli - some dates), Owen Willetts (singing role of Farinelli - some dates), Huss Garbiya (Doctor Jose Cervi), Melody Grove (Isabella Farnese), Colin Hurley (Metastasio), Edward Peel (De la Cuadra).
Author Claire van Kampen. Producer Sonia Friedman Productions. Producer Shakespeare's Globe. Director John Dove. Design Jonathan Fensom. Costume Jonathan Fensom. Music Claire van Kampen (musical arranger).
The most beautiful thing I have EVER seen (or perhaps even heard) on stage
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