Award winning stage actor Mark Rylance (Richard III, Twelfth Night, Jerusalem) returns to the West End in Claire van Kampen’s critically-acclaimed new play Farinelli and the King which opened at the Duke of York’s theatre in September 2015.
Lauded as ‘one of the greatest stage actors in the world’ , Mark Rylance reprises his role as King Philippe V of Spain having played to sold-out houses at Shakespeare’s Globe earlier in the year.
King Philippe V of Spain lies awake in his chamber unable to find solace in sleep. Queen Isabella in a desperate attempt to find a cure brings Farinelli – a castrato with a voice so divine it has the power to captivate all who hear it – to court. When the King hears Farinelli sings he begs him to stay, but will Farinelli choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune? And will his extraordinary talent prove to be a curse rather than a blessing?
With Farinelli and the King Theatre Breaks guests can choose the on-stage seating area where you will have an up-close and personal experience in the transformed Duke of York’s Theatre. A magical atmosphere is created with scenes lit by candlelight and live Baroque music played by six onstage musicians.
Theatre : Duke of Yorks, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4BG Nearest tube station : Leicester Square on the Piccadilly & Northern lines Performance times:Monday to Saturday at 19:30; and Wednesday and Saturday at 14:30 Opens:14th September 2015 Booking to:Now closed
When looking for nearby hotels consider the Radisson Blu Edwardian Leicester Square (a five minute walk to the theatre) or the elegant 4 star deluxe Kingsway Hall on the other side of Covent Garden. For a rather swish five star break do check the Waldorf Hilton but if you are watching the pennies then the 3 star St Giles on the north side of Oxford Street or even the centrally located Covent Garden Travelodge may fit the bill. However, do consider the Bedford Hotel in leafy Russell Square too, which has just been done up and looks the bees knees (for a three star) and is a very reasonable price!