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  • ballet
  • 133 Mins

Mayerling is a ballet choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan to the music of Franz Liszt.

Dealing with dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigue, the story was inspired by true life events. More specifically, the sexual and morbid obsessions of Crown Prince Rudolf leading to the murder-suicide scandal with his mistress Mary Vetsera.

Set against the backdrop of the oppressive but glamorous Austro-Hungarian court in the 1880s, this production is a masterclass in storytelling through dance.

Cast & Crew

Gary Avis (Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary), Elizabeth McGorian (Baroness Helene Vetsera), (Director), Kristen McNally (Empress Elisabeth), Baroness Mary Vetsera (Sarah Lamb), (Conductor), James Hay (Bratfisch), Meaghan Grace Hinkis (Princess Stephanie), Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary (Steven McRae), Laura Morera (Countess Marie Larsich)