Farinelli and the King

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What the popular press had to say...

"Rylance doesn’t disappoint – precisely by courting anti-climax. He creates something wholly disconcerting: a one-man power vacuum."
Dominic Cavendish for The Telegraph

"Mark Rylance is superb as Phillipe; by turns mischievous, charming, irascible and violent."
Sarah Hemming for The Financial Times

"It is all rather understated and sad and ends, devastatingly, superbly, in one of the scenes of the season, with Mr Davies singing Handel’s Lascia Ch’io Pianga."
Quentin Letts for The Daily Mail

"This is, unashamedly, a Mark Rylance star vehicle and it’s hard to imagine another actor providing a similar focal point for a drama that slightly loses its bearings in the second half."
Fiona Mountford for The Evening Standard

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