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Scottish Ballet's The Scandal at Mayerling

Thu 17 Sep to Sat 19 Sep 2020

Evening 7.30pm, Matinee Sat 2.30pm

Age: 12+

Festival Theatre

Box Office: 0131 529 6000

Ticket prices

Starting from £19*

* Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund. A £1 handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.

Friends discount

Friends of Capital Theatres receive 20% off

Scottish Ballet's The Scandal at Mayerling

A true story of desire and destruction

The year is 1889 and, in the woods outside Vienna, the Empire 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, Mary, 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.

Please be advised that this production includes themes of mental illness, sexual violence, addiction and suicide.

Friends 20% off 

Groups (8+) £6 off Thu and Fri (Stalls and Dress Circle). Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups phone line on 0131 529 6005.

Concessions £3 off 

Student Standby £11*

Discounts are available to people with disabilities, please call box office to buy your tickets. If you would like to book a wheelchair space or if you have any special requirements please phone the box office who can advise. Our staff can be called on 0131 529 6000 or by using Text Relay on 18002 0131 529 6003.

* Student Standby tickets are subject to availability on the day of the performance and can only be purchased in person at the Box Office from 12pm. A valid Student or Young Scot ID is required. Only one ticket per card.

All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 

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