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Dance

Impressive interpretations marred by cuts: Scottish Ballet's The Scandal at Mayerling reviewed

30 April 2022

9:00 AM

30 April 2022

9:00 AM

The Scandal at Mayerling

Theatre Royal, and touring until 28 May

Scènes de Ballet/A Month in the Country/Rhapsody

Royal Opera House, in rep until 2 May

Sneer all you like at its prolixities and vulgarities but Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling remains a ballet that packs an exceptionally powerful emotional punch. Weathering a grapeshot of adverse criticism at its Covent Garden première in 1978, it has comfortably stood the test of time and entered the international pantheon. With a plushly throbbing score culled from Liszt’s oeuvre and an intriguing historical setting (the gratin of Habsbsurg Vienna in the 1880s), it’s a gift to large companies in search of full-length romantic drama beyond the rut of Swan Lake and Giselle.

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