Friday, 27 March 2015

Details revealed for West End transfer of Farinelli and the King starring Mark Rylance

The Daily Mail has revealed further information about the West End transfer of Farinelli and the King.

Baz Bamigboye confirms that the show will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 14th September for a limited run until 5th December 2015. Tickets will reportedly go on sale from 10am this morning (Fri 27th March).

Directed by John Dove with design by Jonathan Fensom, the production stars Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, Jerusalem) as King Philippe V of Spain. The production recently completed its run at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe.

Set in eighteenth-century Spain, Claire van Kampen's moving and mesmerising new 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.

This sumptuous and enchanting play explores the dynamics between Farinelli and the royal couple, featuring many of the exquisite arias first sung by Farinelli in the 1730’s. The Duke of York’s Theatre will be transformed for this beguiling and transporting production, lit almost exclusively by the glow of candle-light and with live music played on Baroque instruments.

Photo Credit: Marc Brenner

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