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The Royal Ballet: Mayerling

Dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues a true story told through ballet.


Inspired by dark and gripping real life events, this Royal Ballet classic depicts the sexual and morbid obsessions of Crown Prince Rudolf leading to the murdersuicide scandal with his mistress Mary Vetsera. The oppressive glamour of the AustroHungarian court in the 1880s sets the scene for a suspenseful drama of psychological and political intrigue as Rudolf fixates on his mortality.

Kenneth MacMillans 1978 ballet remains a masterpiece of storytelling and this revival marks 30 years since the choreographer’s death. Expect to see The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest across potent ensemble scenes and some of the most daring and emotionally demanding pas de deux in the ballet repertory.

Live: Wednesday 5 October 2022, 7:15pm
Running time:3 hours and 25 minutes (including two intervals)
Dydd Mercher 5 Hyd 2022
19:15