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 If you're a Mark Rylance fan (as I am), if you'd be taken with meditations on fame and position and where one really belongs in life.
Don't see it if You need a lot of high drama. This is something of a quiet play, in terms of events happening, but beautiful.
See it if you like historically-based plays. if you like victoria, the crown, wolf hall and the like, you'll enjoy this show
Don't see it if you're expecting show-stopping moments.
See it if you must see everything Mark Rylance is in; believe music is the food of love; enjoy learning about crazy monarchs and castrati, literally.
Don't see it if you're not into 18th C. period drama.
See it if You want to study why Mark Rylance is so good at his craft.
Don't see it if You want to see the rest of the cast doing a great job. They're all good--but they're not working together.
See it if You're a Mark Rylance fan, opera fan, or period drama fan. Basically it's Mark Rylance doing what Mark Rylance does.
Don't see it if You want something deeply moving. This show has great promise but falls short of the mark. Everything with the young singer is great.
See it if You like opera, great acting and Shakespearian type theater
Don't see it if You don't like historical drama set in 1700's, don't like British theater, not interested in opera
See it if You enjoy VERY GOOD acting, excellent vocals and instrumentals, creative staging and an absorbing theater experience. And Mark Rylance.
Don't see it if If you don’t like/appreciate historical period dramas, and if you prefer “in your face” theater/entertainment.
See it if You want to see Mark Rylance or the excellent musicians.
Don't see it if You want to see an incredibly weak play. It's message may be true and beautiful but the play goes off the rails, becoming messy and vapid.
See it if Confusing. No plot. Love connection out of nowhere. No introducing the connection. Awful. A definite miss, waste of money.
Don't see it if DO yourself a favor, do NOT see it
See it if you love Rylance. He dithers fr start to finish (even when cured). Prodn values are sky-high. The counter-tenor's voice is other-worldly.
Don't see it if you want a coherent plot/consistent tone. Sometimes elevated language, sometimes (for laughs) an F-bomb. Act I is compelling, Act II isn't.
See it if You like period pieces. This tries very hard to be an accurate period piece, sometimes annoyingly so. A little hard to see and hear.
Don't see it if You’re easily bored. This is not fast paced or high action. It’s lit only by candlelight with no amped voices. Costumes/set are all drab.
See it if Opera singer befriends ailing king and queen, enriching all their lives. Ethereal singing and candlelit staging. Mark Rylance was great.
Don't see it if You would not enjoy 1730’s operatic arias. You want more intense drama or a flashy musical. You can’t watch struggles with mental illness.
See it if you like a dose of Rylance, music, singing, humor, psychology, insanity and entertainment. Rylance is one of the wonders of the world.
Don't see it if I have nothing bad to say. Some think the play slow, I disagree and found it enticing. The arias, acting, writing, staging, are wonderful.
See it if Amazing blend of 18th century history & ethereal Handel countertenor singing on a candlelit stage. First act is fantastic, second drags a...
Don't see it if bit & there are some small things to carp about but you've come to see Rylance & hear Davies & in the moment they will transport you.
See it if You like period pieces. If you like crazy but true story. Mark Rylance fabulous. Listen pay attention. Staging interesting. Different.
Don't see it if You want modern funny raunchy plays. This is a thinking person's play.
See it if you want a Globe Theatre, London experience; enjoy baroque-era and immersive plays; are a fan of Mark Rylance; can forgive uneven pacing.
Don't see it if you dislike 17th-to-18th-century stylings, dislike opera music (this isn't a musical, but it is a play that features it), lack imagination.