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?
Inspiring true story featuring many of the arias first sung by Farinelli in the 1730s and music played live by musicians on Baroque instruments in a theatre lit almost exclusively by the glow of candlelight.
A moving and mesmerising new play, fresh from a sell-out run in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe.
Mark Rylance, Sam Crane and Iestyn Davies return. The singing role of Farinelli will be shared with Owen Willets.
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“Rylance's loony melancholic leader finds him at his most delicate and ethereal, and clownish... Exquisite. ”