Farinelli and the King

Mark Rylance stands next to a lush curtain holding a candle. He wears period garb and frowns.

Show Details

Performance Schedule

TUESDAY & THURSDAY @ 7 PM
WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY @ 8 PM
WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY @ 2 PM
SUNDAY @ 3 PM (starting 1/7/18)

Run Dates

November 01, 2017 - March 25, 2018

Upcoming Scheduled Events

No scheduled performances found.

Running Time

2:20 hrs

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Show Description

Oscar® and three-time Tony® winner Mark Rylance, following his acclaimed performance in the hit film Dunkirk, returns to the stage in Farinelli and the King. This captivating new play arrives on Broadway after sold-out runs at Shakespeare’s Globe and on London’s West End.

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, a role brought to life by two esteemed performers – West End actor Sam Crane and 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.

Audience Advisory

$32 - daily rush tickets to all performances beginning 12/5. The production also stars Grammy Award-winning countertenor Iestyn Davies as the singing voice of Farinelli. Mr. Davies will appear in select performances. Please check website for exact dates.

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November 01, 2017 - March 25, 2018

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Theatre Details

Address

Belasco Theatre
111 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

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Public Transportation

By Subway: A, C, E, N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3 To 42nd Street, walk North to 44th Street, east to theatre. Alternatively, take the B, D, or F - To 42nd Street at 6th Ave then walk North to 44th Street, west to theatre.

By Bus: Five buses stop near the Belasco Theatre. Please take the M5, M7, M20, M42, or M104

Additional Accessibility Details

Wheelchairs: Wheelchair seating available. Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. There are no steps to the designated wheelchair seating location.

Seating: Seats 1018. Orchestra has no steps. Mezzanine: Located on 2nd level, up 1 flight of stairs. Once on the Mezzanine level, there are approximately 2 steps up/down per row. Entrance to Mezzanine is behind row H. Balcony: No elevator, stairs only. Once on the Balcony level, there are approximately 2 steps up/down per row. The entrance to the Balcony is behind row F.

Elevator\Escalator: There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.

Parking: The closest parking lot is Meyer Parking at 146 West 44th Street.

Entrance: There are two steps into the theatre from the main entrance. An alternate entrance with an accessible path of travel is located to the left of the main door.

Box Office: Lowered accessible window at the end of the box office.

Restroom: Wheelchair accessible restroom is available. Additional restrooms are also located down one flight of stairs, and on the mezzanine and balcony levels.

Water Fountain: A water fountain is available in the main lobby.

Telephone: A pay phone is located in the theatre lobby. Accessible at 54"

Assisted Listening System: Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please call: (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance.

Folding Armrests: There are four (4) seats with folding armrests in this theatre.

Reviews (3)

"Watching Rylance ... is heart-rending and unforgettable. ... His ability to reveal the deep humanity of the character without ever sacrificing a concomitant humility (in one of his more subtle portrayals to date) is the stuff of great acting – and Rylance is a great actor in the fullest sense of the term." 

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The play’s bright creative stroke is having Sam Crane, who’s wonderfully sympathetic, act the part of Carlo, and sweet-voiced countertenor Iestyn Davies sing as Farinelli. (James Hall sings at some performances.) As selections by Handel are sung, both actors stand side-by-side in near-mirror images. It’s a stirring comment on one man’s duality.

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John Dove has taken such pains to re-create the heavily gilded style of the formal Baroque setting of this production, which originated at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in 2015. The richly textured costumes look especially sumptuous in the blaze of candlelight (supplied by designer Paul Russell), and the period musical instruments — harpsichord, violins, viola, theorbo, Baroque guitar — all sing true, especially as stripped of all mechanical amplification.

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