Oscar and three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance returns to Broadway in this new drama about Spain's King Phillippe V's bond with a legendary castrato. More…
'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 world-renowned 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. Like Broadway’s 'Twelfth Night' and 'Richard III,' this contemporary work is presented in the signature style of Shakespeare’s Globe – traditional baroque instruments are performed live in a gallery above the stage; the audience enjoys intimate seating with several rows onstage; and the story is told by candlelight. 'Farinelli and the King' comes to Broadway following sold-out runs at Shakespeare’s Globe and on London’s West End.
See it if Beautiful singing and sets. Candlelit with minimal, hidden lighting. Theater with no lighting hanging from anywhere.
Don't see it if Aimless writing focused on cheap jokes instead of pathos and emotion. Monotonous. Nothing-to-write-home-about acting.
See it if You enjoy slow stories set in the 18th century or enjoy beautiful operatic singing. The set and costumes were good.
Don't see it if I wasn't emotionally invested in the characters/story. The plot is weak & underdeveloped w/ very little action. One note, flat & passionless
See it if you want to see an insubstantial but heavily stylistic Baroque play, saved by the great Rylance & the ethereal voice of countertenor Davies.
Don't see it if you expect heft, conflict or deep study from a new play about otherwise fascinating historical figures; you chafe at style over substance.
See it if Mark Rylance is a must see for you, or if you are curious about castrati and Baroque music. Beautifully done by our British cousins.
Don't see it if You need strong drama to keep your attention, or if you've already overdosed on madness in the monarchy. (I fell asleep.)
See it if Love Mark Rylance. An okay play, nicely staged. interesting subject.
Don't see it if Find Mark Rylance too self-obsessed. Play is weak with not much going on. Seems to be more a vehicle for the star.
See it if you like period pieces infused with modern jokes, want to see why Rylance is a master of his craft, or enjoy countertenor style singing
Don't see it if you are expecting an accurate historical representation and don't appreciate anachronism
See it if you want to see some great acting by Mark Rylance and some beautiful singing by Iestyn Davies.
Don't see it if you want a more exciting narrative; the story here is somewhat basic and the plotting is a bit slow.
See it if You want to see a man on the stage who talks nonsense and screams. Dullsville.
Don't see it if You sit rear orchestra. Lots of street noise as theater is on heavily traveled street.
See it if If your not already bored with Mark Rylance giving the same performance he always gives with no inner life. Same old gimmicks and tricks.
Don't see it if Warn to care about any of the characters.
See it if you really enjoy “early music,” worship Mark Rylance (no matter the material), or appreciate counter-tenor arias.
Don't see it if you are expecting a story to sink your teeth into. This is moreso a “situation” that gets stretched-out for 2.5-hours.
See it if Mark Rylance's over-the-top histrionics please you. If you like the sound of a beautiful counter-tenor.
Don't see it if Boring history shows make you snooze.
See it if You like seeing Mark Rylancd and plays that feel like Shakespeare without actually being shakespeare
Don't see it if You don’t care about music or opera. You don’t like plays with little actual point to them
See it if You're a Mark Rylance fan. You're interested in Baroque music and a little known piece of history.
Don't see it if You want a play with passion and surprise and a deep portrayal of the healing power of music.
See it if You like overly indulgent plays with some clever writing but a fairly long and boring storyline
Don't see it if You can get tickets to something more interesting!
See it if You are into music and can follow a convoluted plot - supposedly based on real events
Don't see it if Want a straightforward play or musical
See it if you can enjoy a play that is nothing more than some beautiful, well-song arias in a well-crafted atmosphere with a few cute moments
Don't see it if you require a sensible plot, emotion, interesting and understandable characters, and acting that is more than humdrum--disappointing Rylance
See it if You have interest in countertenor singers, the history of castrati, Handel music. Impeccable 18th Century setting, wigs and costumes
Don't see it if Uninvolving story despite the madness and the royalty; very hard-working Rylance; there is a LOT of countertenor singing.
See it if you are a fan of Mark Rylance, or just want to see the enchanting design and absorb the unique experience.
Don't see it if you are expecting plot, character development, dramatic tension, conflict, or really a fully thought out play.
See it if you are a huge Mark Rylance fan, otherwise save your money.
Don't see it if you are looking for a stimulating and engaging evening in the theater.
See it if you like period pieces. If traditional opera stagings of, say, Handel, is your cup of tea. If you an incurable Rylance fan.
Don't see it if you want your play to make your think. If you like smart scripts. If you are not into the banality of period pieces.