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WHEN A MONARCH FALLS INTO MADNESS, THE ONLY CURE IS MUSIC.

Following his acclaimed performance in the hit film Dunkirk, Oscar® and three-time Tony® winner MARK RYLANCE returns to the stage in FARINELLI AND THE KING. Written by Claire van Kampen, directed by John Dove and originally produced by Dominic Dromgoole for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, this captivating new play arrives after two sold-out London runs.

With designs by Jonathan Fensom and musical arrangements by van Kampen, it tells the true story of Philippe V (Rylance), a Spanish monarch on the brink of madness. He finds unexpected solace in the voice of world-renowned castrato Farinelli, sung by countertenor Iestyn Davies.

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 played live in a gallery above the stage; the audience enjoys intimate seating with several rows onstage; and the story is told by candlelight, creating an enchanting theatergoing experience.