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 want to see a depiction of the curative powers of music. And watching Mark Rylance is always a worthwhile experience.
Don't see it if you don't care for countertenors and object to actors breaking the fourth wall.
See it if You enjoy Mark Rylance and company in a well acted and beautifully staged play. The singing was ethereal while the candles were enchanting.
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy period plays or the breaking of the fourth wall. It all seems to work though.
See it if Unique, true story of mad King Philippe V & the power of music to heal. Beautiful staging & music, unexpected touches of humor & silliness.
Don't see it if 2nd act felt disjointed & ending was abrupt, ambiguous & therefore unsatisfying. I wish Farinelli character was as fleshed out as the King.
See it if You love Handel arias done by an ethereal countertenor , staging that is period perfect , and a love of music in general
Don't see it if You are looking for farce or Shakespeare , this is neither
See it if You enjoyed Twelfth Night and Richard III with Marin Rylance but felt there wasn’t enough singing.
Don't see it if You want Act II to be as strong as Act I. You want heavy political or romantic intrigue.
See it if How in the 1700s King Phillippe of Spain's mental illness was alleviated by the beauty of music. Mark Rylance & Melody Grove are exception.
Don't see it if You hope the 2nd act will be as strong as the first. You don't like baroque music.
Also Other cast members are also excellent as are the musicians.
See it if you want to see a masterful performance, as usual, from Rylance. The setting is absolutely gorgeous, as are the costumes. Great singing.
Don't see it if you expect a great script. This isn't one. The play itself is fairly weak, and the concept of having two men play Farinelli doesn't work.
See it if it's visually stunning and hauntingly poetic-unique, strange, profound, and funny. Rylance is a rare treasure, and the music is exquisite.
Don't see it if you don't like Rylance or baroque music. it's half - concert, & if the music doesn't appeal you might feel bored or disengaged.
See it if Chamber music, candles & Mark Rylance makes this a perfect evening at the theater. In addition, Melody Grove as the queen is nice discovery.
Don't see it if This production will take you back in time from top to bottom. Rylance is such a natural actor. His acting feels effortless and seamless.
See it if You enjoy Rylance's work, and enjoy historical dramas. The use of music is lovely. The visuals of the set, lighting, and costumes are great!
Don't see it if You don't enjoy slow pieces, or if you are looking for exceptionally strong characters. The whole thing felt one-note and slightly snobby.
See it if You love Rylance, enjoy superb acting in any vehicle or like to discover historical footnotes.
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable seeing a master actor endeavor to carry an uneven vehicle on his talented shoulders.
See it if you like Mark Rylance, opera, plays about royalty suffering from mental illness, and comic bits coexisting alongside dramatic themes.
Don't see it if you don't like opera (there's plenty in Act II), Mark Rylance's idiosyncratic mannerisms, & plays about kings grappling with mental illness.
See it if you enjoy excellent theatre, well-written, produced and performed. Interesting staging and memorable Mark Rylance acting stint. A highlight.
Don't see it if you don't like straight plays with comic bits, and a lot of talk. And if you don't like costumes and historical events and characters.
See it if Rylance fans and fans of Baroque music will love it. It’s staged beautifully, sung w/o amplification, and candlelit. Unusual and lovely
Don't see it if Don’t expect a well-written play, despite a great premise. Avoid if you can’t enjoy Baroque countertenor singing.