Farinelli and the King
Previews start December 05, 2017
Farinelli and the King
Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Oscar® and three-time Tony® winner MARK RYLANCE “proves again that he is one of the great actors of our age” (Time Out London) in FARINELLI AND THE KING, coming to Broadway following sold-out runs at Shakespeare’s Globe and on London’s West End. Written by Claire van Kampen and directed by John Dove, this captivating new play “celebrates the restorative power of music and how it can transform us” (The Telegraph).
FARINELLI AND THE KING is inspired by the fascinating true story of Philippe V (Rylance), a Spanish monarch on the brink of madness who finds unexpected solace in the voice of worldrenowned castrato, Farinelli. Soon, Farinelli and the King forge a powerful connection, and the celebrated singer must make a difficult choice: return to throngs of adoring fans or perform forever for an audience of one.
Monday: No Performance
Wednesday: 2PM & 8PM
Saturday: 2PM & 8PM
111 West 44th Street (Between 6th Ave and Broadway)
May be inappropriate for 12 and under.
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
MARK RYLANCE – Philippe V
Mark last appeared in New York at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2016 in Nice Fish, which he co-authored with the Minnesota poet Louis Jenkins, and was directed by Claire van Kampen. Mark last appeared at The Belasco Theatre in 2013 as the Countess Olivia in Twelfth Night, and Richard in Richard III. He has also appeared on Broadway as Johnny “Rooster” Byron in Jerusalem directed by Ian Rickson (The Music Box); Valere in La Bete (The Music Box) and Robert in Boeing Boeing (The Longacre), both directed by Matthew Warchus. He first played in NYC for A Theatre for a New Audience, Henry V and Touchstone, 1992-94. Recent film work includes Chris Nolan’s Dunkirk, Steven Spielberg’s Big Friendly Giant and Bridge of Spies. He is heard as Flop in “Bing Bunny” for the BBC and Thomas Cromwell in “Wolf Hall,” directed by Peter Kosminsky, which was aired in America in 2015 on PBS. Mark was the Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (1996-2006) and during his career has acted in over 50 productions of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. In 2017, he was knighted by HRH Prince William for services to Drama.
IESTYN DAVIES – Singing Voice of Farinelli
Praised as having “one of the most glorious sounds to be heard on the opera stage today” by the Express (London) and described as “superb” by The New York Times, Iestyn Davies is a Grammy Award-winning and Olivier Award-nominated countertenor whose other recent awards include the 2013 Critics’ Circle Prize for Exceptional Young Talent and both the 2012 and 2014 Gramophone Recital Awards. Davies is a regular singer at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House and Carnegie Hall as well as across the globe at The Royal Opera House in London and La Scala in Milan. A versatile performer equally at home on both the opera and concert stage, Davies has also sung for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Paris’ Opéra Comique, English National Opera, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala and at the Munich and Vienna Festivals.
SAM CRANE – Farinelli
Theatre includes: 1984 (West End); Some Trace of Her, DNA, The Miracle, Dissonant (National Theatre); All’s Well That Ends Well, Henry IV parts I & II, Bedlam, Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Shawl (Young Vic); Kebab (Royal Court); King Lear (WYP); Ghosts (Bristol Old Vic); The Humans (BAM); Eternal Love (ETT); The Lady from the Sea (Rose Kingston); Conquest of the South Pole (Arcola); Rabbit (Frantic Assembly); And Then There Were None (West End); A Little Requiem For Kantor (ICA). Sam received Ian Charleson Award Commendations for Ghosts and Othello. Television and film includes: “Desperate Romantics,” “Call the Midwife,” “Casualty,” “Father Brown,” “New Tricks” (BBC); “Poirot,” “Midsomer Murders” (ITV); and feature The Christmas Candle. Radio includes: Macedonia, The Gambler, The Lady from the Sea, The Pretenders. Video Games include: Assassins Creed Syndicate (Ubisoft).
MELODY GROVE – Isabella Farnese
Theatre includes: Light Boxes (Gridiron); In Lambeth (Southwark Playhouse); Much Ado About Nothing (Old Vic); The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (National Theatre of Scotland); The Importance of Being Earnest (Lyric Belfast & Lyceum Edinburgh); Of Mice and Men (Lyceum Edinburgh); 2401 Objects (Analogue); Room, One Night Stand, One Thousand Paper Cranes (Tron Theatre); The Girls of Slender Means (Stellar Quines/Assembly Rooms). Film includes: Re-enactors (Roseline Entertainment); A Stately Suicide (Flyboy); Venus and the Sun (Ruby). Radio includes: Sovereign, The Antiquary, Tender is the Night, Vincent in Brixton, Lanark, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Gatsby, The Call of the Wild, The Voysey Inheritance, A Case for Paul Temple, The Vanishing, Of Mice and Men, La Princesse De Cleves, and many short stories for BBC Radio 4. Audio books include: Desperate Remedies, The Child Inside, A Little in Love, Ann Veronica, Amy Snow, The Earth is Singing, The Ship, The Looking Glass House, Completely Cassidy and Ballet Stars. Melody is also a singer in her family band The Groves
CLAIRE VAN KAMPEN – Playwright/Music Arranger
Claire van Kampen trained at the Royal College of Music, where she was awarded a John Land Scholarship. Studying music theory with Dr. Ruth Gipps, and piano performance with Peter Element, she also specialized in the performance of 20th-century music, premiering many works by today’s leading composers. She has subsequently developed an international career as a composer/performer, writing and playing for theatre, television and film soundtracks and the concert hall. Following the opening of Shakespeare’s Globe in 1997 she was Mark Rylance’s Associate Artistic Director. In addition, she was the Founding Director of Theatre Music, creating both period and contemporary music for more than 35 of the Globe’s productions. She has continued to be the Globe Associate for Early Modern Theatre Music since 2007, creating music for nine productions directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Claire has become a theatre specialist on music and text of the 16th and 17th centuries, on which she lectures and broadcasts regularly for television and radio. During her time at the Globe, Claire has continued to work in the U.S. where amongst other award-winning productions she created original scores for Matthew Warchus’s Broadway productions of True West (2000), and Boeing-Boeing (2008), which won and was nominated for many Tony Awards. Other productions in the U.S. have included As You Like It (Theater for a New Audience); Hamlet, The Seagull (A.R.T. Cambridge, MA.); Peer Gynt, Nice Fish (Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis); La Bête, (Broadway/West End); Richard III and Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe/West End/Broadway). Recent film includes: Anonymous (dir. Roland Emmerich); Days and Nights (dir. Christian Camargo) and Wolf Hall (historical music arranger; dir. Peter Kosminsky) for BBC/PBS. Claire is also writing a book specifically on music in the Globe Theatre. Awards: The Vero Nihil Verius Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts, conferred upon her by Concordia University (Portland, Oregon, U.S.A) and the 2007 Sam Wanamaker Award for her founding work during the opening ten years at Shakespeare’s Globe.
JOHN DOVE – Director
His previous directorial work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes: Dr Scroggy’s War, Blue Stockings, All’s Well That Ends Well, Anne Boleyn, In Extremis, Measure for Measure (LA and New York Tour) and The Winter’s Tale (Tour). Recent directorial work includes: Pressure (Royal Lyceum/Chichester Festival Theatre); Eternal Love, Anne Boleyn (English Touring Theatre, TMA Award); The Clean House (Lee Dean and Jenny Topper Productions); Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Hampstead Theatre); Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, A View From the Bridge, The Price and The Man Who Had All the Luck (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh). John was Associate Director at Hampstead Theatre, where amongst others he directed Bold Girls (Evening Standard Award), My Boy Jack, The Good Samaritan and Flight into Egypt. He has also directed at the Royal Court, The Old Vic, The Lyric Hammersmith, the Bush Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford E15, as well as directing in Denmark, France, USA, and Germany. He is an Artistic Associate of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.