Royal Opera House: Mayerling

Dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues twist through every moment of daring choreography in Kenneth MacMillan's Ballet inspired by true events.

Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery, and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer. Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a complex work around the psychologically tormented heir to the Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf. From the ballet’s start, the glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted with undercurrents of sexual and political intrigue that drive the story to its violent climax in a double suicide. The large cast allows for impressive ensembles in addition to the ballet's many solos of distinctive character and pas de deux of disturbing eroticism. This ballet, bursting with intensity, madness and passion, proves that sometimes the truth is more scandalous than fiction.

 

Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet
repertory, with its emotional depth,
haunting imagery, and one of the
most demanding roles ever created
for a male dancer. Kenneth MacMillan
choreographed a complex work around
the psychologically tormented heir to the
Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf.
From the ballet’s start, the glamour of
the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted
with undercurrents of sexual and political
intrigue that drive the story to its violent
climax in a double suicide. The large
cast allows for impressive ensembles
in addition to the ballet's many solos of
distinctive character and pas de deux of
disturbing eroticism. This ballet, bursting
with intensity, madness and passion,
proves that sometimes the truth is more
scandalous than fiction.

CHOREOGRAPHY KENNETH MACMILLAN

MUSIC FRANZ LISZT

ARRANGED AND ORCHESTRATED BY JOHN LANCHBERY

  • Tickets from: £13.50 - £16.00
  • Running Time: 3 hours and 15 minutes including two intervals
  • Showing Times: Monday 15th October at 7.15pm
  • Genre: Opera
  • First showing: 15/10/2018
  • Last showing: 15/10/2018