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Thursday, November 3, 2022


The next programme in Rhumbelow Classics Cinema - On The Big Screen will feature Mayerling by The Royal Ballet, on November 8. Screening starts at 18h00 (venue opens 60 minutes before show for snacks/drinks)

Running time: 3 hours and 25 minutes (including two intervals)

Inspired by dark and gripping real life events, this Royal Ballet classic depicts the sexual and morbid obsessions of Crown Prince Rudolf leading to the murder-suicide scandal with his mistress Mary Vetsera. The oppressive glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court in the 1880s sets the scene for a suspenseful drama of psychological and political intrigue as Rudolf fixates on his mortality.

Kenneth MacMillan’s 1978 ballet remains a masterpiece of storytelling and this revival marks 30 years since the choreographer’s death. Expect to see The Royal Ballet at its dramatic finest across potent ensemble scenes and some of the most daring and emotionally demanding pas de deux in the ballet repertory.

Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan

Music: Franz Liszt

Arrangement and orchestration: John Lanchbery

Designer: Nicholas Georgiadis

Scenario: Gillian Freeman

Lighting designer: John B. Read


Conducted by: Koen Kessels

Crown Prince Rudolf: Ryoichi Hirano

Baroness Mary Vetsera: Natalia Osipova

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House


Tickets R100. Booking is essential on email: or through Computicket.

Picnic baskets may be brought to the venue, or food can be purchased onsite – burgers, wors rolls, chicken pops and chips, cheesy Russians, snack baskets etc. A full bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises).

All seating will be at separate tables and the venue will obviously be seating co-habiting couples and/or family members together.

Limited secure parking is available.

For more information contact Roland Stansell on 082 499 8636 or visit

The Rhumbelow Theatre is situated at 42 Cunningham Road, off Bartle Road, Umbilo, Durban.