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Farinelli and the King


Theatre: Belasco Theatre
Opening Night: December 17 2017
Final Performance: March 25 2018
Author: Claire van Kampen
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Sonia Friedman Productions, Shakespeare's Globe, Paula Marie Black, Tom Smedes, Peter Stern, Jane Bergère, Jane Dubin/Rachel Weinstein, 1001 Nights Productions, Elizabeth Cuthrell & Steven Tuttleman, Rupert Gavin, Robyn L. Paley, SGC USA, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Cindy & Jay Gutterman/Marc David Levine, Marguerite Hoffman/Van Kaplan, Shakespeare Road
Best Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Best Costume Design of a Play
Best Lighting Design of a Play

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King Philippe V of Spain plagued by insomnia, 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?

Eligible Performer in a Leading Role: Mark Rylance


  • Playwright Claire van Kampen also wrote original music for the piece. She is married to Mark Rylance.
  • The production featured two performers in the role of Farinelli—Sam Crane performed the dialogue, with countertenor Iestyn Davies handling the singing.


Farinelli and the King premiered in London at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2015. It later moved to the West End before transferring to Broadway. The West End production was nominated for six Olivier Awards.


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