Reviews for Mayerling

  1. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review David Dougill, Sunday Times, Monday 16 April 2007Performance 9 April - 7 May 07

    ‘Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling, back in the Royal Ballet’s latest revival at Covent Garden, is a sumptuous spectacle — what a parade of uniforms, gowns and Viennese decors in Nicholas Georgiadis’s rich designs — deploying big ensembles… 

  2. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Laura K Jones, Observer, Monday 16 April 2007Performance 9 April - 7 May 07

    ‘This is MacMillan the storyteller doing bleak and distorted humanity at his lucid best.’ 

  3. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, Monday 16 April 2007Performance 9 April - 7 May 07

    ‘Although the plot turns on the disintegration of its central character, Mayerling is a superb company vehicle too, its vast, detailed context demanding from everyone on stage those qualities of naturalism and clarity that are thought especially English. It’s… 

  4. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Clement Crisp, Financial Times, Wednesday 11 April 2007Performance 9 April - 7 May 07

    ‘We watch, and, I believe, we weep. As you may perhaps gather, here is essential dance-viewing.’ 

  5. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Debra Craine, Times, Wednesday 11 April 2007Performance 9 April - 7 May 07

    ‘Sex and death. It’s an unbeatable theatrical combination and Kenneth MacMillan certainly knew how to milk it.’ 

  6. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Mark Monahan, Telegraph, Wednesday 11 April 2007Performance 9 April - 7 May 07

    ‘That the Royal Ballet’s opening two performances failed to reach greatness reflects how difficult it is to cast the prince and his mistress.’ 

  7. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Zoe Anderson, Independent, Wednesday 11 April 2007Performance 9 April - 7 May 07

    ‘Mayerling is stuffed with athletic, often sexually explicit pas de deux: Rudolf with his wife, his mother, his mistresses, and Watson’s partnering is the most confident I’ve seen from him.’  

  8. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Judith Mackrell, Guardian, Wednesday 11 April 2007Performance 9 April - 7 May 07

    ‘MacMillan’s ballet is one of the grimmest in the repertory, a story mired in corruption, sexual treachery and madness, but even so it’s rare to see a performance that inhabits so fully the nastiness of its material.’  

  9. Royal Ballet in Mayerling at Royal Opera House

    Press Review Sarah Frater, Evening Standard, Tuesday 10 April 2007Performance 9 April - 7 May 07

    ‘unexpected was the matinee cast being better than the evening one (this is rare). [Edward] Watson’s acting was superior to anything Carlos Acosta could produce (although Acosta is the better dancer), Iohna Loots was better as his wife, Cindy Jourdain was,… 

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