Production photos of Farinelli and the King starring Mark Rylance at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeares Globe.

Claire van Kampen’s sumptuous new play is an off-kilter historical comedy-drama replete with many of the arias first sung by Farinelli.

Mark Rylance leads the cast as Philippe V, Sam Crane as Farinelli, Huss Garbiya as Doctor Jose Cervi, Melody Grove as Isabella Farnese, Colin Hurley as Metastasio, Edward Peel as De la Cuadra and Lestyn Davies and William Purefoy as the Castrato.

Farinelli and the King is written by Claire van Kampen, directed by John Dove, with design by Jonathan Fensom and musical direction/harpsichord by Robert Howarth.

Farinelli and the King plays the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for a strictly limited run from 11 February 2015 – 8 March 2015.