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Shakespeare's Globe

Farinelli and the King

By Claire van Kampen

11 February – 8 March

Tickets
£10 standing
£25-45 seats
£60 premium tickets 

Creative

Directed by
John Dove

Designed by
Jonathan Fensom

Cast

Sam Crane
Farinelli

Huss Garbiya
Doctor Jose Cervi

Melody Grove
Isabella Farnese

Colin Hurley
Metastasio

Mark Rylance
Philippe V

Edward Peel
De la Cuadra

Iestyn Davies and William Purefoy
Castrato

  • Farinelli and the King

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 Philippe 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. Philippe 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 new play, replete with many of the arias first sung by Farinelli.

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Returns

For sold out performances, returned tickets are sold in order to a returns queue one hour before the start of the performance, for cash only (maximum two per person). We cannot guarantee there will be any returned tickets for any particular performance.

Please note: Celebrated counter tenor Iestyn Davies will sing the part of Farinelli for 10 performances while William Purefoy will take on the role for 6 performances.

Iestyn Davies will perform:
11, 12, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26 and 28 February and 2 March

William Purefoy will perform:
14 February and 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 March 

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