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Farinelli and the King

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‘An evening that no theatre or music lover can afford to miss’
Sunday Express

‘John Dove’s spellbinding, superbly staged production’
Mail on Sunday

‘Mark Rylance leads a pitch-perfect production’
The Independent

‘A pleasure that verges on the sublime’
The Guardian

‘Long live Rylance! A magical evening’
The Times

A beguiling gem of a play’
Financial Times

‘Uncork the champagne: Mark Rylance is once again ruling audiences in this enchanting production.’
The New York Times

‘Unmissable. Mark Rylance is astonishing. ’

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Tuesday 5 December 2017 – Sunday 25 March 2018

Belasco Theatre, Broadway

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Tickets$79 - $225 Running timeApprox. 2 hours 30 minutes
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Venue Details

Belasco Theatre, Broadway
111 West 44th Street
New York

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Claire van Kampen

John Dove

Jonathan Fensom

Musical Arrangement
Claire van Kampen

Originally Produced by
Dominic Dromgoole


Pete Bradbury
Cover Dr. José Cervi / John Rich / De la Cuadra

Sam Crane

Iestyn Davies
Singing Voice of Farinelli

Huss Garbiya
Doctor José Cervi

Melody Grove
Isabella Farnese

James Hall
Cover Singing Voice of Farinelli

Lucas Hall
Jethro / Cover Farinelli

Colin Hurley
John Rich

Eric Jurenas
Cover Singing Voice of Farinelli

Edward Peel
De la Cuadra

Mark Rylance
Philippe V

Margot White
Cover Isabella Farnese


Presented by Sonia Friedman Productions, Shakespeare’s Globe and Paula Marie Black


Depressed and plagued by insomnia, King Philippe V of Spain lies awake in his chamber. The Queen, desperate to find a cure, hears of Farinelli – a castrato with a voice so divine it has the power to captivate all who hear it. Even Philippe is astonished when Farinelli sings, and begs him to stay. But will Farinelli, one of the greatest celebrities of his time, choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune in the opera houses of Europe? And will his extraordinary talent prove to be a curse rather than a blessing?  


Sonia Friedman Productions, Shakespeare’  s Globe and Paula Marie Black join forces once again (Richard III and Twelfth Night, 2012) to bring this inspiring true story to Broadway’s Belasco Theatre. The theatre will be magically transformed – music will be played live by musicians on traditional Baroque instruments, audience members can enjoy intimate onstage seating, and the entire production will be lit almost exclusively by the glow of candlelight.

Oscar® and three-time Tony® winner Mark Rylance reprises his role as Philippe V, alongside original cast members Sam Crane (Farinelli), Huss Garbiya (Doctor José Cervi ), Colin Hurley (Metastasio) and Edward Peel (De La Cuadra), with Grammy Award-winning countertenor Iestyn Davies as the singing voice of Farinelli.

Farinelli and the King originally premiered to rave reviews and played a sold out run in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in February 2015. The production later transferred to the West End, where it received six Olivier Award nominations.

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