Last year we covered Claire Van Kampen’s Farinelli and the King after it transferred from the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End.
This past Sunday, it opened on Broadway. The reviews have been raves pretty much across the board.
Getting just as many great notices as the play’s star are Sam Crane and Iestyn Davies who play Farinelli and Farinelli’s Voice respectively.
The convention that director John Dove employed here was to have renowned counter tenor Iestyn Davies play the castrato Farinelli, who sings the Arias literally standing next to Sam Crane. And it really works, as the boys explain in this week's episode.
Earlier this week, in Episode 70 of the Curtain Call Theatre Podcast, we brought you the company of People, Places & Things...well, not the entire company. There were three local actresses that joined the West End Transfer at the St. Anne's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York. I chatted to them about their previous experiences of the show, what it was like joining an already well-established company and just what is a "Super Emma".
Matt Humphrey and I had the opportunity to fly over to New York and catch People, Places & Things at the St Anne’s Warehouse in Brooklyn. With both of us having seen the show a couple times before, we got to watch it again before heading backstage last Friday night. And I cannot begin to tell you how phenomenal this production was. The company has grown in stature, taking Jeremy Herrin’s production of Duncan Macmillan’s play to new heights.
It has been an absolute pleasure getting to meet this company and get to know them over the last year, and Matt and I were overwhelmed by the welcome we received, both when we watched the show and also when we were backstage. We realise what a privileged position we are in, and it is something that we never forget. This visit, was truly unforgettable.
I sat down and talked to the company about taking the play from London (both at the National and the Wyndham’s Theatre) to New York, and how they themselves thought the audiences there received the play.