Broadway's Farinelli and the King, Starring Mark Rylance, Completes Its Cast

Broadway News   Broadway's Farinelli and the King, Starring Mark Rylance, Completes Its Cast
 
Claire van Kampen’s play will begin performances December 5.
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Mark Rylance and Sam Crane Marc Brenner

The complete cast is now set for the Broadway transfer of Farinelli and the King, starring Tony and Oscar winner Mark Rylance.

New to the company are Melody Grove as Isabella Farnese and Lucas Hall as Jethro (he will also cover Farinelli). Completing the cast are Pete Bradbury and Margot White as understudies.

As previously reported, the play will also feature Grammy-winning countertenor Iestyn Davies, who will provide the singing voice of Farinelli, as well as Sam Crane as Farinelli, Huss Garbiya as Doctor José Cervi, Colin Hurley as John Rich, and Edward Peel as De La Cuadra.

The newly announced James Hall will share the role of Farinelli's singing voice with Davies, while Eric Jurenas will serve as the cover for the Baroque-heavy track.

Read: MARK RYLANCE WILL RETURN TO BROADWAY IN FARINELLI AND THE KING

Performances of the Claire van Kampen play, directed by John Dove, will begin December 5 at the Belasco Theatre, where it will open December 17. The limited engagement will play through March 25, 2018.

The play, which premiered at Shakespeare's Globe's Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London in February 2015 prior to a West End bow, tells the story of King Philippe V of Spain (Rylance), who welcomes celebrated castrato Farinelli into his chamber in the hopes of curing his insomnia. As the king grows more captivated by the singer's voice, Farinelli must choose between his public life in opera houses and a life of solitude with the King.

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