Ballet in three acts (1978)
Dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues – a true story told through ballet.
Inspired by dark and gripping real life events, this Royal Ballet classic depicts the sexual and morbid obsessions of Crown Prince Rudolf (Ryoichi Hirano) leading to the murder-suicide scandal with his mistress Mary Vetsera (Natalia Osipova). The oppressive glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court in the 1880s sets the scene for a suspenseful drama of psychological and political intrigue as Rudolf fixates on his mortality.
Kenneth MacMillan’s 1978 ballet remains a masterpiece of storytelling and this revival marks 30 years since the choreographer’s death. Expect to see The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest across potent ensemble scenes and some of the most daring and emotionally demanding pas de deux in the ballet repertory.
ROH Guidance: Suitable for ages 14+. This production contains depictions of drug use, sexual violence and suicide. There are gunshots in each act.