Mayerling - Royal Opera House
Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary is emotionally unstable and haunted by his obsession with death but 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, which ultimately leads to tragedy.
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.
Based on a true story from 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.