Full casting has been announced for the Broadway debut of Claire van Kampen's Farinelli and the King, starring Oscar and three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance. Directed by John Dove, the Shakespeare's Globe production will begin previews at the Belasco Theatre on December 5, with opening night set for December 17. The run is scheduled to conclude March 25, 2018.
Rylance plays King Philippe V of Spain. Plagued by insomnia, he lies awake in his chamber. The Queen, desperate for a cure, hears of Farinelli — a castrato with a voice so divine it has the power to captivate all who hear it. Philippe is astonished when Farinelli sings, and begs him to stay. But will Farinelli, one of the greatest celebrities of his time, choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune in the opera houses of Europe?
Joining previously announced London cast members Sam Crane as Farinelli, Huss Garbiya as Doctor José Cervi, Colin Hurley as John Rich, and Edward Peel as De La Cuadra, are Melody Grove as Isabella Farnese and Lucas Hall as Jethro/cover Farinelli. The company also features Pete Bradbury as cover for the roles of Doctor José Cervi, John Rich and De La Cuadra, and Margot White as cover for the role of Isabella Farnese.
The production also stars Grammy Award-winning countertenor Iestyn Davies as the singing voice of Farinelli. Davies will alternate performances with acclaimed countertenor James Hall, with Eric Jurenas serving as the role's cover.
Designed by Jonathan Fensom and featuring musical arrangements by van Kampen, the production will feature music played live on Baroque instruments, lit by the glow of candlelight. Paul Russell is the lighting designer, with Bill Barclay serving as music supervisor.
Onstage seating will be available for the duration of the run.
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