Farinelli And The King

Farinelli And The King

4.8 (4) · ShakespeareNew Writing

History is bejewelled with mysteries.


Italy, 1731. Farinelli, the world’s most famous castrato, is rich, adored and lauded with honours. His divine voice has the power to captivate all who hear it.

Spain, 1737. King Philippe V lies awake. The Queen, desperate to relieve her husband of his insomnia and depression, begs the castrato to come and sing to the king. The effect is transformational. Philippe is healed, held captive by Farinelli’s voice – but so is Farinelli…

This intriguing true story is re-told in Claire van Kampen’s sumptuous new play, replete with many of the arias first sung by Farinelli.

Critic reviews

A pleasure that verges on the sublime

The Guardian

Rylance reigns supreme in a beguiling show

The Independent

This warmingly eccentric, bewitchingly musical historical comedy-drama is compelling

Daily Telegraph

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 14 Sep - Sat 5 Dec, Mon - Sat 7.30pm
Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs


St Martin's Lane WC2N 4BG London, UK · Get Directions
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