This week sees Iestyn Davies
opening in Claire van Kampen’s new play Farinelli and the King
at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe. Based on the story of King Philip V of Spain, played by Mark Rylance, Iestyn stars as the castrato Farinelli who helped King Philip overcome depression and insomnia by singing to him every night.
This week also sees the release of Iestyn’s latest CD on Wigmore Live Flow my Tears
. It comprises a mixture of late Tudor and Stuart lute songs by John Danyel, Thomas Campion, Tobias Hume and John Dowland, together with a new work by Nico Muhly entitled Old Bones
. The recording is available to buy and download from the Wigmore Hall website
Iestyn will sing the part of Farinelli for 10 of the 16 performances: 11, 12, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26 and 28 February and 2 March 2015 (returns only). Please visit The Globe’s website
for more details.