ROH, Recorded Live
The Royal Ballet will kick off the Royal Opera House’s Live Cinema Season with Kenneth MacMillan’s haunting psychological ballet Mayerling.
Music: Franz Liszt
Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Starring: Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae
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 murder-suicide scandal with his mistress Mary Vetsera. The oppressive glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court in the 1880s sets the scene for a suspenseful drama of psychological and political intrigue as Rudolf fixates on his mortality.
Kenneth MacMillan’s 1978 ballet remains a masterpiece of storytelling and this revival marks 30 years since the choreographer’s death. Expect to see the Company at its dramatic finest across potent ensemble scenes and some of the most daring and emotionally demanding pas de deux in the ballet repertory.