Mayerling - Royal Ballet

Mayerling - Royal Ballet

Broadcast from Royal Opera House Cinema

One of the Royal Ballet’s finest productions featuring Franz Liszt’s music, orchestrated and arranged by John Lanchbery and Kenneth Macmillan’s choreography. The performance is based on the true story of the Mayerling incident, portraying the series of events that led to the death of Rudolf Crown Prince of Austria and his lover, Baroness Mary Vetsera. A choreography that went down in history for its passion, impeccable movement and dance perfection.

The Story
Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary is emotionally unstable and haunted by his obsession with death. He is forced to marry Princess Stephanie. Soon afterwards his former lover Marie Larisch introduces him to a new mistress, Mary Vetsera, a young woman who shares his morbid fascination.

At the hunting lodge Mayerling, Rudolf and Mary form a suicide pact. They make love before Rudolf shoots first Mary and then himself. The royal family desperately covers up the tragedy.

Mayerling is based on the true story of the deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf and his teenage mistress Mary Vetsera in 1889. This dark and intense ballet was created for The Royal Ballet in 1978 and is regarded by many as among Kenneth MacMillan's finest works. Orchestrated and arranged by John Lanchbery, the music of Franz Liszt sweeps the story to its intense conclusion, and sumptuous designs by Nicholas Georgiadis bring to life the formal, oppressive world of the Austro-Hungarian court.

The large-scale crowd and court scenes show the whole Company off at its dramatic finest. But it is MacMillan's choreography for Rudolf, one of the most technically and emotionally demanding roles in the repertory for male dancers, that makes this ballet so iconic. Rudolf's emotional decline is charted through daring and visceral pas de deux with his mother, his wife and Mary Vetsera - choreography that pushes classical ballet to its limits.

Choreography: Kenneth Macmillan 
Music: Franz Liszt
Arranged and Orchestrated by John Lanchbery 

Approximate Running Time: 3 hours 15 minutes, Including two intervals

Dance Programme – With the support of: Fileleftheros newspaper

Tickets: €15 / 10

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