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 you love Mark Rylance or music. The contra singer is phenomenal.
Don't see it if you want something fast-paced or a more traditional plot.
See it if you value a story addressing depression/mental illness and the healing and transcendental power of music
Don't see it if you prefer broad comedies and pop/jukebox musicals
See it if love Mark Rylance! He is absolutely terrific in this play! The show is intense and thought provoking!
Don't see it if you don't like plays of historical value.
See it if you want to be reminded of the transcendent power of music to heal. And see it to see Mark Rylance live! A living legend.
Don't see it if you don't like period pieces or opera.
See it if you love to see Mark Rylance doing the same mugging schtick he did in Boeing Boeing and Twelfth night. Alas, he is so good in films
Don't see it if you expect a plot or tension rather than just a situation: madman is calmed by singing
See it if You love Mark Rylance! I didn't love the singers, but I loved the King!!!
Don't see it if You're looking for a classic Broadway musical.
See it if You are a Mark Rylance fan. As always, he's brilliant!
Don't see it if You are looking for great ensemble work. The actors are all superb, but they never really worked together.
See it if You like unusual plays with quirky staging, you're an opera fan, you like history.
Don't see it if You don't know what a castrato is (okay, was)
See it if you enjoy theatre akin to traditional Shakespearean theatre, you are a fan of opera, you enjoy dramatic plays
Don't see it if you get caught up in little details, you dislike sudden changes in tone/pace.
See it if You'd enjoy a gorgeously staged play about the healing power of music, with Rylance in great form and stunning arias from Iestyn Davies.
Don't see it if You are looking for a heavily plot-driven piece. This is a character study of two men damaged by public lives they didn't choose.
See it if You desire to be surprised by the experimental staging which was meticulously integrated to tell an evocative story.
Don't see it if You don't like to think about the human condition.
See it if you want an extraordinary theatrical experience as well as tour de force performances by the entire cast.
Don't see it if you have no patience with the unusual historical twists of plot.