The Royal Ballet's MAYERLING Screens This Week in Major U.S. Cinemas
The Royal Ballet's production of the thrilling ballet Mayerling will be screened in major US cinemas on Tuesday, November 13. The ballet was filmed at The Royal Opera House in London's world-famous Covent Garden. This haunting and emotional production reveals the glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court.
The Guardian referred to Mayerling as choreographer Kenneth MacMillan's "pitch-black masterpiece" and the Independent described it as "a stunning depiction of a repressed, repressive court, of lust and need and madness."
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Kenneth MacMillan brings 19th-century Europe to life with this dark and dangerous portrayal. Based on the true story of Crown Prince Rudolf, the ballet reveals a country on the brink of collapse, impending war in Europe and a love affair between Rudolf and his mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera that ends in tragedy. Audiences are encouraged to feel something new through dramatically evocative scenes that challenge the conventions of classical ballet.
Mayerling pushes the dancers with some of ballet's most technical and emotional roles. The cast includes Crown Prince Rudolf danced by Principal Dancer Steven McRae, Mary Vetsera (US-born Sarah Lamb), Countess Marie Larisch (Laura Morera), Colonel Middelton (Nehemiah Kish), Empress Elisabeth (Kristen McNally) Emperor Franz Joseph (Gary Avis), Princess Stephanie (US-born Meaghan Grace Hinkis), Mitzi Casper (Mayara Magri) and Bratfisch (James Hay).
The Royal Opera House cinema broadcasts offer audiences the best seat in the house with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and incredibly detailed close-ups of performers. In 2017/18 over one million people globally saw a production of world-class opera or ballet at one of over 1,500 cinemas in 51 countries.
The production contains scenes of an adult nature and may not be suitable for children under 12 years old.