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Student Insights: Sex, Drugs and Ballet – Introducing Mayerling

Join us as we discuss how Mayerling was received at its premiere and explore the role that critics played in MacMillan's life and work.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Student Insights: Sex, Drugs and Ballet – Introducing Mayerling. It was last on stage 26 October 2018 as part of the Autumn 2018/19 season.


In 1978 Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling had its premiere at the Royal Opera House, receiving less-than-favourable reviews. In this discussion we'll explore the role of critics in MacMillan's life and work, and how his depiction of the incident at Mayerling tells us more about the climate in the UK at the time than you might think.