Duke of York’s Theatre | until 5th December.
FARINELLI AND THE KING
A new play by Claire van Kampen starring Mark Rylance
Excitement is building for tonight’s opening performance of Farinelli and the King!
Claire van Kampen’s critically-acclaimed play Farinelli and the King begins its 12 week run tonight at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Set in eighteenth-century Spain, Claire van Kampen’s play tells the intriguing true story of Farinelli, once the world’s most famous castrato and one of the greatest celebrities of his time, and his decision to trade fame and fortune in the opera houses of Europe for a life of servitude at the court of King Philippe V. Farinelli and the King explores the dynamics between Farinelli and the royal couple and features many of the exquisite arias by Handel, that were first sung by Farinelli in the 1730’s.
Farinelli and the King originally played at Shakespeare’s Globe and will be produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions and Shakespeare’s Globe in association with Tulchin Bartner Productions and 1001 Nights.
The play is directed by John Dove and designed by Jonathan Fensom with musical arrangements also by Claire van Kampen. Mark Rylance reprises his role as King Philippe V of Spain and Sam Crane once again plays the acting role of Farinelli. The singing role of Farinelli is reprised by opera star Iestyn Davies and shared with Rupert Enticknap and Owen Willetts*.
The cast also includes Huss Garbiya playing Doctor Jose Cervi, Melody Grove playing Isabella Farnese, Colin Hurley playing Metastasio and Edward Peel playing De la Cuadra.
The Duke of York’s Theatre has been transformed for the play as the magical and intimate atmosphere of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is brought to the West End with onstage seating and candles. Live Baroque music will be played by six onstage musicians, led by Harpsichordist and Musical Director Robert Howarth.
The West End production will run from 14th September 2015 and play for a strictly limited season until 5th December 2015. After which Goodnight Mr Tom will open for the Christmas period.
*Please see website for full performance schedule.
FARINELLI AND THE KING
14th September – 5th December
Duke of York’s Theatre
St Martin’s Lane, London,WC2N 4BG
Tickets from £10