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Farinelli and the King


A new drama featuring Oscar and three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance, Farinelli and the King comes to Broadway following sold-out runs at the Shakespeare’s Globe and on London’s West End.

Why See the Show

'Farinelli and the King'is inspired by the true story of King Philippe V of Spain and his return to sanity following a brief spell of madness. The show is presented in the signature style of Shakespearean drama, i.e, with traditional baroque instruments performed live in a gallery above the stage and the tale being told by candlelight. Relive the true story of the Spanish King and discover a timeless story of regality, insanity and the power of music.

Plot Synopsis

King Philippe V, also called Rylance, is a Spanish king on the edge of madness. His lost mind is a bane for the entire kingdom. Upon hearing the voice of world-renowned castrato, Farinelli, King Philippe seems to start his ascent into sanity. The relationship between the king and the castrato is at an all time high, but Farinelli has a tough choice to make - should he return to the hordes of fans outside the castle walls, or forever perform for just the King?

Cast and Creatives

  • Playwright: Claire Van Kampen
  • Director: John Dove
  • Cast: Mark Rylance, Sam Crane, Iestyn Davies, Colin Hurley

Critics Reviews

  • “A fascinating study…Van Kampen’s script is sometimes a bit knowing, but it interweaves story and song excellently…The role of Philippe gives Rylance the chance to display the king’s whimsical strangeness, sudden mood changes, and inner shrewdness…” - The Guardian

  • “"A profoundly funny and haunting meditation on melancholy and the therapeutic powers of music…” - The Independent

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Your Experience

Farinelli and the King is a critically acclaimed show and is presented in the classic style that Shakespeare is famous for. Choose your own seats, don’t wait in a queue to pick up your ticket and enjoy unblocked views of the stage as you live through the story of King Philippe V. Watch the Oscar and Tony Award winner brings the character to life in this 90-minute Broadway experience.

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About the Theatre

The Belasco Theatre is a 100-year-old venue and has a total seating capacity of 1016 spread across the orchestra, mezzanine and the standing row. To choose the best seats and to know more the theatre please refer to our detailed guide on the Belasco Theatre.

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Know Before You Go

  • Show Duration: 1-and-a-half hours
  • There are no elevators or escalators available in the Belasco Theatre. Avoid the mezzanine and balcony section if you have leg pain or chronic leg issues.
  • No recordings of any sort are allowed within the venue.
  • Children under 4 years are not permitted in the theatre.
  • Outside food/drink will not be allowed in the theatre.
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Cancellation Policy

Tickets cannot be canceled once booking is confirmed. No refunds/reimbursements will be provided in case guests are unable to show up at the venue.

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Ratings & Reviews
Out of 5
Very Good
Reviewed in March, 2018


Reviewed in March, 2018

Mark Rylance is a truly great actor. "Farinelli and the King" was an entertaining, stimulating evening of theater. It was mostly a vehicle for Rylance's enormous talent.

Brian Stephens
Reviewed in February, 2018

I wanted to combine this show with my trip to NY but couldn’t leave it to the mercy of theatre crowds. So I booked the ticket online and had a convenient experience.

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My Tickets

Your e-tickets can be exchanged for physical tickets with our uniformed Headout hosts outside the theater.

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Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th Street, between Broadway and 6th Avenue, New York

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