“A superb countertenor, Davies captures the piercing expressiveness and introspection of this remarkable figure whose voice proved so restorative for Philip…Davies’ sound is always sophisticated and crisp — and his high notes are ethereal.” Henry Hitchings, The Evening Standard, 23 February 2015
After his critically acclaimed debut in the West End, Iestyn Davies returns as the voice of Farinelli, alongside the three-time Tony Award winner Mark Rylance as King Philippe V. in Claire van Kampen’s Farinelli and the King on Broadway.
Farinelli and the King premiered in 2015 with a sold-out run at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and subsequently the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End. It boasts to be the highest grossing show in the history of the theatre, having received six Olivier Award nominations. The Sunday Express described Iestyn’s performance as the “crowning glory” and The Daily Mail also praised him for his “superlative, sublime voice”.
Set in the eighteenth century, the play tells the story of King Philippe V who suffers with insomnia. The Queen, desperate to find a cure, enlists the help of the world-famous castrato Farinelli (played by Sam Crane) whose voice was said to captivate all who heard it. Philippe falls in love with Farinelli’s voice and begs him to stay, forcing Farinelli to choose between his life of fame on the opera stage or a life of servitude at the court of King Philippe V.
Previews for the production began on 5 December and the production officially opens this Sunday 17 December, with the last performance on 25 March 2018. More information on the Broadway website.