Farinelli and The King

by  Claire van Kampen

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 1f

Depressed and plagued by insomnia, King Philippe V of Spain lies awake in his chamber. The Queen, desperate to find a cure, hears of Farinelli - a castrato with a voice so divine it has the power to captivate all who hear it. Even Philippe is astonished when Farinelli sings, and begs him to stay. But will Farinelli, one of the greatest celebrities of his time, choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune in the opera-houses of Europe? And will his extraordinary talent prove to be a curse rather than a blessing?

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Farinelli and The King

by  Claire van Kampen

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 1f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)


"Shimmering Fairytale for grown-ups."The New York Times

"a remarkably complicated exploration of the most important question in the arts of the last 500 years, i.e, who gets to go?"The Chicago Tribune

" It’s not only fun, it’s really about something...The healing powers of music. The durability of love under the most trying circumstances. The belief in forces just beyond our perceptive facilities" Deadline Hollywood


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  • Professional Theatre

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  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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