With the kind permission of The Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet has been delighted to welcome Ryoichi Hirano as Principal Guest Artist in our production of Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s The Scandal at Mayerling. Ryo joined us at the start of the tour as Crown Prince Rudolf and continues this week at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen from 5 – 7 May. Hirano played the same leading role in The Royal Ballet’s production of Mayerling in 2018.  

About his tour experience with us, Hirano shares: 

‘Working with Scottish Ballet has been absolutely amazing. Everyone from the dancers to the artistic and technical teams gave me the warmest welcome and support during The Scandal at Mayerling production. Visiting a new city and dancing in a theatre I’ve never performed in has been a great experience too. Touring with Scottish Ballet has been the greatest opportunity for me to get to know the dancers and team more. I’m so grateful to be a part of this company and work with such inspirational artists!’

Ryoichi Hirano

About Ryoichi Hirano  

Hirano is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. Born in Osaka and trained at Setsuko Hirano Ballet School, he initially started at The Royal Ballet as a Prix de Lausanne apprentice in 2001 and became an Artist in 2002. He was then promoted to First Artist in 2007, Soloist in 2008, First Soloist in 2012 and Principal in 2016. Awards include the 2001 Prix de Lausanne Gold Medal.  

His repertory with The Royal Ballet includes Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Paris and Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Benno (Swan Lake) and Prince (The Prince of the Pagodas, The Nutcracker).  

Guest Principal Ryoichi Hirano As Crown Prince Rudolph In The Scandal At Mayerling with Constance Devernay. Credits: Rimbaud Patron

The Scandal at Mayerling continues to tour throughout Scotland.

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen (5-7 May) 

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (25-28 May)   

Tickets can be purchased here