Sam Crane in Farinelli And the King at the Duke of York’s Theatre
Theatre Regular Joining Mark Rylance in the West End Production this September
Earlier in the year it was revealed that Farinelli And The King would be headed to the West End with a run at the Duke of York’s Theatre. The play, which stars Mark Rylance, transfers from the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in September and will undoubtedly be vying for the same success it enjoyed at the its previous home.
With Rylance continuing in his role of King Philippe V, the rest of the cast has also been revealed with Sam Crane set to take on the title role of Farinelli (with Rupert Enticknap and Iestyn Davies providing the castrato singing voice). Other newly announced cast members include Huss Garbiya, Melody Grove, Edward Peel and Colin Hurley.
Farinelli And The King is the new play by Claire van Kampen that focuses on the King of Spain – Philippe V – and his castrato Farinelli. We are transported back to the 18th century for the proceedings and we delve into a unique and intriguing relationship. Farinelli, after all, traded a life of fame to be by the king’s side and as the story goes on we will learn the reasons why.
Audiences picking up theatre tickets for the show when it opens in September may recognise Sam Crane for his previous stage appearances. The actor has made his way to both the stage and the screen and has accumulated credits that include 1984 at the Playhouse Theatre in 2014, Ubu Roi at the Young Vic, The Lady From The Sea at the Rose Theatre, Rewrite at the National Theatre and Bedlam at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. His appearances on television include Casualty, New Tricks, Call The Midwife, Doctors and Desperate Romantics, among others.
The show is likely to attract a lot of attention with its acting pedigree to boast. Mark Rylance remains one of the most respected performers in the capital, with the likes of Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre and La Bete at the Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter Theatre) to his name.
Now he adds Farinelli And The King as it opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre on Tuesday 29th September 2015 (previews from Monday 14th September 2015).