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Shakespeare's Globe and Sonia Friedman Productions have announced the full cast and performance dates for the upcoming transfer of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse's production of Farinelli and the King starring Mark Rylance.
The production will run at the Duke of York's Theatre from 14 September to 5 December 2015, with an official opening on 29 September.
Written by Claire van Kampen, the production is directed by John Dove and designed by Jonathan Fensom. It originally opened at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on 20 February 2015, following previews from 11 February and ran to 8 March 2015.
The full cast will transfer with the production, including Mark Rylance as Philippe V, Sam Crane in the acting role of Farinelli with Iestyn Davies and Rupert Enticknap sharing the countertenor singing role of Farinelli. Huss Garbiya will play Doctor Jose Cervi alongside Melody Grove as Isabella Farnese, Colin Hurley as Metastasio and Edward Peel as De la Cuadra.
Set in eighteen-century Spain and Italy the play tells the true story of Farinelli, the world’s most famous castrato, and his decision to trade fame and fortune for a live of servitude at the court of King Philip V.
The Duke of York’s Theatre will be transformed especially for the production, lit almost exclusively by the glow of candle-light and with live music played on Baroque instruments.
Tickets go on sale to the general public from today, 27 March 2015.