Mayerling

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  • 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.

    At the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden from 8-30 October 2018, book your Mayerling tickets today!

    Please note: This production contains scenes of an adult nature which may not be suitable to children under the age of 12.


    Please note that if you choose tickets to be delivered via the Post for this event, please take your theatre vouchers to the Royal Opera House box office on the day of the event so they can be exchanged for ROH tickets prior to the performance time.

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    1.    Refunds cannot be given unless a performance has been cancelled;
    2.    The Royal Opera House reserves the right o make alterations to the published programme without prior notice;
    3.    Tickets are non-transferable. Patrons with tickets purchased from unauthorised sellers may be refused entry:
    4.    The Royal Opera House reserves the right to provide alternative seats to those specified on the ticket;
    5.    Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break or interval;
    6.    The use of cameras and recording equipment is strictly forbidden;
    7.    The Royal Opera House reserves the right to refuse admission.

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    Covent Garden,
    London,
    WC2E 9DD

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