(Roslyn Sulcas’s article appeared in The New York Times, 12/1; via Pam Green.)

LONDON — For more than two decades, Claire van Kampen spent her life backstage, one of those consummate theater artists who are highly respected among cast and crew but hardly well known.

From 1997 to 2007, Ms. van Kampen, 64, was the director of theater music at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, overseeing and composing the music for its productions. She has also created original scores for Broadway (“Boeing Boeing,” “True West”) and film (“Days and Nights”), and is married to Mark Rylance, the Oscar- and Tony Award-winning actor.

But her life has taken a definitive turn from lower on the bill to the top — as a playwright. Her first produced play, “Farinelli and the King,” is coming to Broadway after an acclaimed run in the West End, following its initial season at Shakespeare’s Globe.

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