VenueDuke of York's Theatre
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From14th September 2015
Opened29th September 2015
To5th December 2015
WhenMon-Sat at 19:30. Thu,Sat Mats 14:30. Sep 29 at 19:00
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Farinelli and the King

Farinelli and the KingT448183487
History 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.
Author Claire van Kampen

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Farinelli and the King review
30Sep15: Mark Rylance at the Duke of York's
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User Reviews

Jim (16Sep15):

The most beautiful thing I have EVER seen (or perhaps even heard) on stage


Producer Sonia Friedman Productions
Producer Shakespeare's Globe
Director John Dove
Design Jonathan Fensom
Costume Jonathan Fensom
Music Claire van Kampen (musical arranger)
Performer Mark Rylance (Philippe V)
Performer Sam Crane (Farinelli)
Performer Iestyn Davies (singing role of Farinelli - some dates)
Performer Rupert Enticknap (singing role of Farinelli - some dates)
Performer Owen Willetts (singing role of Farinelli - some dates)
Performer Huss Garbiya (Doctor Jose Cervi)
Performer Melody Grove (Isabella Farnese)
Performer Colin Hurley (Metastasio)
Performer Edward Peel (De la Cuadra)

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