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 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--as you certainly should--Rylance's amazing acting (matched by others in the cast), beautifully staged with much humor.
Don't see it if you don't like farce, even when it's based in language and not physical humor; or, if you require a 2nd act to match the heights of the 1st.
See it if Wonderful Mark Rylance as the (sometimes) mad King Philip. Thrilling counter-tenor singing. Based on a true story.
Don't see it if Neither conventional plot nor typical Bway music. Story a bit of a mash-up. Also squeaky floorboards.
See it if you are looking for fantastic acting from one of the great actors now playing. The sining is also first rate
Don't see it if I can't think of any reason not to see this
See it if you want to see the great Mark Rylance in yet one more amazing performance, as well as sublime renditions of Handel, in a truly offbeat tale
Don't see it if you only like fast-moving eventful plots and you don't like Mark Rylance or Handel!
See it if YouY are a fan of Mark Rylance. He is wonderful. Interesting staging unless Yoyou have stage seating on stage left upper level.
Don't see it if You are seeking an edgy drama
See it if If you want to see a wonderful play with some beauriful opera singing. Costumes were great, acting outstanding.
Don't see it if If you are looking for a light hearted musical, or hate opera singing
See it if You love Elizabethan plays that capture the times when Kings ruled the world. Beautiful staging. Original music & story. Mark Rylance rocks.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy Elizabethan music and a story about an incompetent king.
See it if you love great acting and exquisite singing. The concept is interesting but it is the execution that makes this special. Rylance is unique
Don't see it if you do not like baroque music or are put off by countertenor singing. or if you need action or even well developed plot. This is about soul
See it if you are a fan of Mark Rylance and/or baroque opera and are willing to accept an interesting but flawed play to enjoy great performances.
Don't see it if you don't like historical plays and don't respond to baroque music.
See it if you want to see a play that touches all senses with ethereal voice of countertenor Davies. Sir Mark delivers humor in this historical piece
Don't see it if you don’t enjoy period piece or plays with baroque music
See it if inspiring story about the miraculous,saving power of music.Mark Rylance is incomparable .Iestyn Davies is divine as Farinelli. I was in awe!
Don't see it if I can not think of any reason not to see this show.It is really outstanding.
See it if Story of castrato singer (1705-1782), privately served music therapy to King Phillipe V (Mark Rylance); sung by incomparable Iestyn Davies.
Don't see it if you don't like early opera, or history, skip this one.
See it if You wan't to see an all-star performance from Mark Rylance - the man is an absolute gem and impossible to take your eyes off!
Don't see it if You want a play that's a little more even - when Rylance leaves the stage, the show slows immediately and doesn't quite hold its draw.
See it if MARK Freakin' RYLANCE!!!!!! and the beautiful singing of Iestyn Davies. A beautiful, charming and endearing night at the theatre.
Don't see it if No, really...MARK Freakin' RYLANCE!!!!! If you enjoy acting...at all...get some up close seats and watch a master at work.
See it if A set that brings you back in time with candles that illuminate the stage. The cast make you believe your in 18th century Spain.
Don't see it if Your not sophisticated enough to appreciate the beauty of theatre and how it can transport you to another place.
See it if You enjoy historically-based drama. You want to see Mark Rylance live - he is a master of the craft!
Don't see it if You want to see a musical. You want pure entertainment -not a play that has great acting and has a historical basis.
See it if You like historical fiction. Interesting subject matter, but there’s not much of a play here. It all looks beautiful, but I wanted more.
Don't see it if You're looking for a new and exciting play.
See it if Farinelli's celestial voice has the power to heal the "mad king" of Spain; beautiful staging and candlelight; loved Mark Rylance
Don't see it if don't let the two Farinellis (one speaks, one sings) distract you...
See it if You like history, music, great staging and singing and can forgive weak script in which King Phillip V mental illness healed by castrato.
Don't see it if Your idea of fun is not Mark Rylance being cured from manic-depression by gorgeous Handel counter-tenor arias by Iestyn Davies-beautiful set
See it if you're a Rylance fan (though if you find him mannered, this will not change your mind); you love baroque opera (you'll leave wanting more)
Don't see it if You're expecting a nuanced or politically astute play; you don't like Rylance; you don't like the Globe theatre aesthetic
See it if you love Mark Rylance, great acting, countertenors and/or history-based theatre.
Don't see it if you don't like period pieces or operatic singing.
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.