‘Farinelli and the King’ is a comic play about a Spanish king’s Italian castrato

Farinelli and the King is a new comic play with music by Claire van Kampen. The Shakespeare’s Globe production stars Mark Rylance as the king.


Farinelli was a celebrated Italian castrato singer of the 18th century. One of the greatest singers in the history of Opera, Farinelli gave up his career to become the court singer of Spanish King Philip V. It seems that Farinelli’s singing was the only thing that pushed away King Philip’s melancholia.

Farinelli and the King

Farinelli and the King is the first play by composer and director Claire van Kampen.

It premiered at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London in 2015 and played a limited run at the Duke of York’s Theatre the same year.

The play was nominated for six Laurence Olivier Awards in 2016.

Farinelli and the King in New York City

Mark Rylance and Sam Crane courtesy of 'Farinelli and the King'

Mark Rylance and Sam Crane courtesy of ‘Farinelli and the King’

Farinelli and the King on Broadway stars Tony® award-winner Mark Rylance as King Philippe V.

Sam Crane (1984) speaks the role of Farinelli. Countertenor Iestyn Davies sings the role.

Baroque music is used to both complement the story and help tell it. Much of the music is by Handel.

Farinelli and the King starts previews at the Belasco Theatre in Manhattan’s Theater District on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. The play opens on Sunday, December 17, 2017. It closes after 16 weeks on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Farinelli and the King Tickets

Courtesy of 'Farinelli and the King'

Courtesy of ‘Farinelli and the King’

Box Office

Belasco Theatre
111 West 44th St, New York, NY
(between Sixth & Seventh Ave)


Telecharge (212) 239-6200



Farinelli and the King Awards

Drama Desk Awards Nomination for “Outstanding Costume Design for a Play” for Jonathan Fensom.

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