The year is 1889 and, in the woods outside Vienna, the royal family must hide a terrible secret.

At the royal Mayerling hunting lodge, Crown Prince Rudolf is found shot dead alongside his teenage mistress. 

We rewind the clock to watch this desperate young man, the heir to the throne, plunge into his own paranoia. Trapped by the stifling opulence of the Habsburg court, Rudolf’s mental turmoil envelops all those around him. In a series of increasingly intense duets with his mother, his wife, and his mistress, Rudolf descends deeper into his obsession with death, and hurtles towards tragedy.

Rudolf’s morbid fascination, sexual appetite and ultimate violence make this real-life anti-hero as compelling as Hamlet, while Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s breathtaking choreography takes us on a physical and emotional rollercoaster. The sweeping intensity of the ballet is matched by the sumptuous music of Franz Liszt, performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra.

Reimagined and redesigned by Scottish Ballet, this dramatic world premiere will be the first time MacMillan’s iconic ballet is produced in the UK outside of London.

Recommended for audiences 12+

Running time: The performance lasts approximately 2 hours including one 20 minute interval. 

Content warning: please note this production includes themes of mental illness, sexual violence, addiction and suicide. For more information, please refer to the synopsis or contact us.

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‘★★★★★ possibly the best production ever by our national company’

Daily Express

‘★★★★★ disturbing psychosexual tale danced with extraordinary understanding’

The Stage

‘★★★★ sharp, bold and richly memorable’

The Telegraph

‘★★★★ exudes a potent heat’

The Times

‘★★★★ bold and brutal’

The Guardian
The Scandal at Mayerling - Rehearsals
The Scandal at Mayerling - Performance

Dive deep into the drama behind The Scandal at Mayerling. This behind-the-scenes short features exclusive footage from the production along with interviews with cast and creatives


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CREDITS

  • Original ChoreographerSir
    Kenneth
    MacMillan
  • Developed in association withLady
    Deborah
    MacMillan
  • Adapted for Scottish Ballet byChristopher
    Hampson
    &
    Gary
    Harris
  • Staging & DirectionGary
    Harris
  • Original ScenarioGillian
    Freeman
  • Set & Costume DesignElin
    Steele
  • Lighting DesignPaul
    Pyant
  • Co-lighting designDavid
    Howe
  • Video DesignHayley
    Egan
  • MusicFranz
    Liszt
  • OrchestrationMartin
    Yates

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