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The Royal Ballet: Mayerling (Via Satellite)
October 21 @ 14:00pm - 17:15pm£8 – £13
Sex, drugs and Franz Liszt, Mayerling has them all. Kenneth MacMillan’s greatest masterpiece is the ultimate antidote for those suffering from a surfeit of myth, mirth and elevated romance that comprises much of the classical repertoire. The Stage FULL REVIEW
★★★★★”Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson look hypnotised by each other as they star in Kenneth MacMillan’s 1978 ballet about obsession, sex and death ” FULL REVIEW
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.
★★★★”sex, drugs and revolution in the Royal Ballet’s superb staging” The Guardian
★★★★ “A convincing vortex of lust and insanity – Mayerling, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, “ The Telegraph
This broadcast will come via satellite and will be the performance from Monday 15th Oct.