ROH Live: Mayerling
Steven McRae, Sarah Lamb, Laura Morera, Kristen McNally, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Mayara Magri, James Hay, Gary Avis, Nehemiah Kish
Director: Kenneth MacMillan
Running Time: 195 minutes
Certificate: 12A -
CERTIFICATE: ADVISED 12A
LIVE BROADCASTS MAY BE SUBJECT TO DELAYS, AND CERTIFICATE RATINGS ARE JUST A GUIDANCE DUE TO PERFORMANCES’ LIVE NATURE.
Ballet in three acts. Approximate running time 3 hours 15 minutes, including two intervals.
Cast and running time subject to change.
Act I: 19:30
Live Welcome Back: 20:28
Act II: 20:39
Live Welcome Back: 21:42
Act III: 21:51
Finish: 22:35 approx.
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.
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