71010 The Royal Ballet. Mayerling
Kenneth MacMillan based his dark, intense ballet Mayerling on the tragic true story of Crown Prince Rudolf and his mistress Mary Vetsera, and it is celebrated as one of the Royal Ballet's narrative masterpieces. The oppressive world of the Austro-Hungarian empire is brought to life by the whole Company, with a score drawn from the sweeping music of Franz Liszt, and with sumptuous designs by Nicholas Georgiadis. Steven McRae dances Ruldok, one of the most technically and emotionally demanding roles in the repertory for male dancers, with Sarah Lamb as Mary Vetsera, in choreography that pushed classical ballet to its limits.
Darcey Bussell talks to ballet coach Leanne Benjamin
Steven McRae discusses his return from injury
Approximate running time - 133 minutes, 11 minutes (extras)