FARINELLI AND THE KING

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This new play is inspired by the fascinating true story of Philippe V (Mark Rylance), a Spanish monarch on the brink of madness who finds unexpected solace in the voice of world-renowned castrato, Farinelli. Soon, Farinelli and the King forge a powerful connection, and the celebrated singer must make a difficult choice: return to throngs of adoring fans or perform forever for an audience of one.  

Rylance leads an acclaimed cast, including countertenor Iestyn Davies, who “sings with rapturous virtuosity and uncanny beauty” (Independent) throughout the play. Like Broadway’s Twelfth Night and Richard III, this contemporary work is presented in the signature style of Shakespeare’s Globe – traditional baroque instruments are performed live in a gallery above the stage; the audience enjoys intimate seating with several rows onstage; and the story is told by candlelight, creating an enchanting theatergoing experience and “a pleasure that verges on the sublime” (The Guardian).

 

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