Will Farinelli and The King, Starring Mark Rylance, Play NYC?

News   Will Farinelli and The King, Starring Mark Rylance, Play NYC?
 
Claire van Kampen's Farinelli and The King, which made its debut at Shakespeare's Globe, is headed to New York in November, according to London's Daily Mail.

Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance Photo by Rebecca Reid

The New York production would again star three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance, who happens to be married to the playwright. Rylance is also nominated for a 2016 Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Bridge Of Spies."

Following its run at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe, Farinelli and the King played London's Duke of York's Theatre in September 2015.

Set in 18th-century Spain, the play tells the true story of Farinelli, once the world’s most famous castrato and one of the greatest celebrities of his time, and his decision to trade fame and fortune in the opera houses of Europe for a life of servitude at the court of King Philippe V of Spain (played by Rylance). The play features many of the exquisite arias first sung by Farinelli in the 1730’s.

No official announcement about a New York production has been made.

Van Kampen is also adapting the stage play for a film; she is being mentored by Oscar winner Steven Spielberg.

Rylance is a three-time Tony winner for his performances in Twelfth Night, Jerusalem and Boeing-Boeing.

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