Tickets go on sale and casting is announced today, including Wolf Hall’s Mark Rylance, for the West End transfer of Claire Van Kampen’s new play Farinelli and the King
Casting has been revealed and tickets went on sale to the general public at 10am today for the West End transfer of Claire van Kampen’s critically-acclaimed new play Farinelli and the King, starring Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall).
Shakespeare’s Globe announced that Rylance will reprise the role of King Philippe V in Van Kampen’s moving story, following his mesmerising performance as Thomas Cromwell in BBC2’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel‘s Wolf Hall novels.
The West End transfer of Farinelli will this time be set in a reconfigured Duke of York’s theatre adorned with candles, on-stage seating and music played live on Baroque instruments, to recreate the intimate atmosphere of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Directed by John Dove and designed by Jonathan Fensom, the West End production will open on 14 September 2015 and play for a strictly limited run until 5 December, with the Opening Night on Tuesday 29 September.
Sam Crane will once again play the acting role of Farinelli, while the singing role will be reprised by opera star, Iestyn Davies and shared with Rupert Enticknap. The rest of the cast will also transfer with Huss Garbiya playing Doctor Jose Cervi, Melody Grove playing Isabella Farnese, Colin Hurley as Metastasio and Edward Peel as De la Cuadra.
Set in eighteenth-century Spain, the 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. It explores the dynamics between Farinelli and the royal couple, featuring many of the exquisite arias first sung by Farinelli in the 1730’s.
£10 day-seats will be available on the day of performance and over 50 tickets at £15 across the house available in advance for every performance.
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