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 enjoy a simple entertaining plot and a no-fuss story, staging is wonderful and Mark Rylance is wonderful
Don't see it if you prefer a more complex plot and substance heavy narrative
See it if to see Mark Rylance in another great performance-an Interesting period piece, beautiful set- based on unknown history..
Don't see it if You get bored easily.
See it if you want to see phenomenal acting, especially if you enjoy historical, costume drama.
Don't see it if you'd rather be at a modern day musical or sit-com.
See it if you want to see marvelous actors strutting their stuff. This was THEATER. One of the best plays I have seen. The singing is glorious.
Don't see it if you do not like opera. Don't see it if you do not have the patience to get into a play.
See it if you love the sound of countertenors - or you love Mark Rylance. It's an odd play in a way but it a very enjoyable theatrical experience.
Don't see it if you're expecting a lot of plot.
See it if You relish a meaty role played by one of the finest actors of our time and enjoy an outstanding set that transports you to a different time.
Don't see it if You're not into period pieces, expect a play to hold itself together beyond the first act or hate baroque vocal music.
See it if If your not already bored with Mark Rylance giving the same performance he always gives with no inner life. Same old gimmicks and tricks.
Don't see it if Warn to care about any of the characters.
See it if you love mark ryland - who is fabulous - and you enjoy historical context, this is interesting and touching story.
Don't see it if you dont want to work hard to hear and absorb. this show takes effort from the audience.
See it if you like period dramas, you like Mark Rylance, you like interesting staged plays, you have an interest in castrati music
Don't see it if you don't like historic plays, you want something contemporary
See it if You are a fan of Mark Rylance. He is mesmerizing as the King. Get a seat on stage and you are in for a magical experience!
Don't see it if You are not into constrato si going and classical music. Otherwise, it is a great evening’
See it if you want to see perhaps the greatest theater actor of his time. Rylance exquisite in a gorgeous production of a beautiful play about art.
Don't see it if you only like musicals. Otherwise, there is no reason not to see the greatest actor on the planet.
See it if You love Mark Rylance and who doesn't? Excellent cast. Remarkable singing. A first-rate production. Transporting. I loved it!
Don't see it if You like conventional theatre. This is and it isn't. Requires your close attention. Not light entertainment.
Also Mark Rylance is outstanding. Really remarkable.
See it if You enjoy period pieces that make you think. A very unique take on how mental illness was treated during that time. Incredible acting!
Don't see it if You absolutely hate period pieces, anything to do with opera.
See it if You want to see Mark Rylance do his thing. Beautiful 18th century music and period design. Moments are transporting.
Don't see it if While the production allows the actors to realize fully their world, the script is a bit thin.
See it if You love Mark Rylance and period pieces. He is a wonder. Great atmospheric staging.
Don't see it if You aren’t a fan of royal history or costumed dramas.
See it if You are ready to see and hear something you haven't seen or heard before
Don't see it if You don't like countertenor singing, or plots with limited action
See it if you own a flashy period costume worthy of an 18th century Spanish court and you can get tickets that will put you onstage with the cast.
Don't see it if you detest playwrights who display more research than heart or great actors who are reduced to hamming it up for easy laughs.
See it if an Quirky musicals . Unique histofrical Incident recreated on stge. Want a good laugh but not fluff
Don't see it if Not interested in historical fiction .
Also Grab a seat on the stage for an interesting experience