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This production began performances on 14th September and closed on 5th December 2015.

Mark Rylance leads a pitch-perfect production

The Independent

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 enchanting new 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 sumptuous production, lit almost exclusively by the glow of candle-light and with live music played on Baroque instruments.

An evening that no theatre or music lover can afford to miss

Sunday Express

The Duke of York’s Theatre will be transformed as the magical and intimate atmosphere of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is brought to the West End with onstage seating, candles and live Baroque music played by six onstage musicians, led by Harpsichordist and Musical Director Robert Howarth.

Shakespeare's Globe and Sonia Friedman Productions present the West End transfer of Claire van Kampen’s critically acclaimed new play “FARINELLI AND THE KING”.

Spellbinding, superbly staged production

Mail on Sunday


SAM CRANE – Farinelli (Acting Role)

IESTYN DAVIES – Farinelli (Singing Role) 

RUPERT ENTICKNAP – Farinelli (Singing Role)

HUSS GARBIYA – Doctor Jose Cervi

MELODY GROVE – Isabella Farnese

COLIN HURLEY – Metastasio

EDWARD PEEL – De la Cuadra

MARK RYLANCE – King Philippe V of Spain



JOHN DOVE – Director


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