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 Mark Rylance - wonderful performance as usual; great operatic singing; beautiful period costumes; interesting story-healing effects of music
Don't see it if 2 Farinellis when there is singing; disappointing writing especially Act 2 which is darker and slower; some crude jokes throughout
See it if You want to see Mark Rylance in a so-so play. When he's off stage, you can't wait for his return.
Don't see it if you know nothing about opera during the era of castrati. Outside of the music, Rylance's performance and those candles - not much more.
See it if Historically based drama/comedy, Italian castrato opera, Mark Rylance= perfection! Although not for everyone .
Don't see it if Do not see if you do not like period pieces, opera or Mark Rylance.
See it if you want to see a tour de force performance by Mark Rylance. Go see if for him! Great 1st act. If the second act had matched, it'd be a 93.
Don't see it if -You don't like anachronistic language for period piece. - Aren't patient. 2nd act drags. - Don't like classical singing.
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 would like to experience a magnificent play. Totally moving ...A MUST SEE....
Don't see it if I would see it no matter what...
See it if You are interested in a very unique and entertaining play. The plot is based on historical figures.The incomparable Rylance and cast shine!
Don't see it if This type of play,with "Globe Theater" like staging,candlelit scenes,baroque music and operatic singing are not for you.
See it if you are fascinated about the historical events showing how song soothes & cures a bipolar Spanish king in the 1700's starring Mark Rylance.
Don't see it if you are not a fan of historical plays that take liberty in presenting the facts of an actual event.
See it if you're absolutely passionate about countertenor singing ... and want to see it even if it's embedded in a vehicle with no discernible plot.
Don't see it if you expect something like THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III (with its wit and drive). This play will disappoint mightily. What were they thinking?
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 like fabulous acting and a clever and complex plot. Wonderful way to. E transported back in time especially if you sit on the stage.
Don't see it if Don’t like history—don’t want to be transported to another place—don’t like subtle and complex performances.
See it if Your into period pieces. Mark Rylance was amazing in this role! And have a love for opera as well.
Don't see it if your not into period pieces and thought provoking play.
See it if Beautiful countertenor, Iestyn Davies and Mark Rylance. Handsome set.
Don't see it if Sloppy, and at times weighty stage play. Borders on pedestrian.
See it if a most unusual play featuring a riveting Mark Rylance, glorious music & singing, striking set, & poignant, truth-based story intrigue you.
Don't see it if you need more than character-centric drama; you're likely irked by period-piece wigs/costumes, atypical dual-acted role, or melancholy tale.
See it if You want another master class in acting, from Mark Rylance. I don’t know how well this would have worked with another actor, but exquisite!
Don't see it if You’re looking for a ton of action. This is a character piece, that creeps up on you, and breaks your heart, while being entertaining.
See it if Exquisite jewel of a mood play exploring the restorative powers of music and the nature of public and private self
Don't see it if You don’t love arias or counter tenors; need a straight dramatic play bc this is much more of a magical evocation of a mad king and a singer
See it if Rylance plus an excellent cast in an innovative and complex play based on court history with gorgeous music is for you.
Don't see it if you don't like counter tenors or period-authentic costumes, set and staging; if British accents are hard for you to decipher.
See it if You want to see theatre at its best and enchanting opera tunes. The actors make you believe you are in modern Spain. Philip V sells crazy.
Don't see it if You don’t like historical pieces. You need feel good catchy musical numbers
See it if you are looking to watch a masterful performance by one of the world's greatest actors.
Don't see it if you are anti anachronisms or have difficulty with stories from the past.
See it if you want to see a stunning British production that has drama, humor, and a marvelous countertenor
Don't see it if a great theater-going experience isn't for you; you can't get tickets before it closes
See it if Rylance is as masterful as ever; ambitious staging with live counter-tenor is pure theatricality; touching and humorous amidst the pathos
Don't see it if Its Masterpiece Theatre/Indie movie story-driven structure may be boring to those looking for an entertaining diversion
See it if You love history and opera. This has both along with great actors and Mark Rylance who is beyond great. The staging is just superb.
Don't see it if You prefer a more frothy escape type of play.
See it if you wanna be swept up in an enchanting tale that simultaneously casts a hopeful light on mental illness and the power of artistic expression
Don't see it if you have no intention of shedding your uncultured hide.