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Your Reaction: What did you think of Mayerling live in cinemas?

The Royal Ballet kicked off the ROH's 2018/19 Live Cinema Season with Kenneth MacMillan's dark drama.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

15 October 2018 at 10.32pm | 24 Comments

What did you think of The Royal Ballet's Mayerling live in cinemas?
Let us know via the comments below.

Encore screenings will take place at select cinemas in the coming weeks. Find your nearest Encore screening of Mayerling

The next production relayed as part of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season will be The Royal Opera's Die Walkure on 28 October 2018. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

15 October 2018 at 10.32pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Kenneth Macmillan, cinema, Mayerling, Production, your reaction

This article has 24 comments

  1. Julie E responded on 15 October 2018 at 11:08pm Reply

    Absolutely stunning ballet. The best I’ve seen yet. Steven McRae is out of this world and it was sublime to watch him and Sarah Lamb

  2. Caro responded on 15 October 2018 at 11:11pm Reply

    Can’t say but amaaazing!!! Such a dark and intense ballet. I loved Sarah Lamb and Mcrae pas des deux.

  3. gwenda responded on 15 October 2018 at 11:24pm Reply

    Fantastic. How do they move like that. Still on a high

  4. Jane responded on 15 October 2018 at 11:44pm Reply

    Overwhelming production, the dancing, cast, costumes- a feast of emotions.
    Sarah Lamb and Steven McCrae are a rare partnership sharing their breathtaking skill.

  5. Sarah Langfield responded on 15 October 2018 at 11:45pm Reply

    It transcends dance, you feel you see right into hearts and souls. Unforgettable, brilliant, thank you.

  6. NE (Bilbao, SP) responded on 15 October 2018 at 11:46pm Reply

    BRAVO!!! STUNNING, GORGEOUS performance of the entire Royal Ballet cast!!! Steven McRae playing Rudolph: OUTSTANDING!!

  7. Jennie responded on 15 October 2018 at 11:48pm Reply

    Absolutely wonderful, thankyou all so much, love jennie. Kingston on Thames .

  8. Phil Davies responded on 16 October 2018 at 12:00am Reply

    Wow! Just wow! What an astonishing production. Drama, tragedy, incredible physicality and elegance and pretty erotic too. A must see.

  9. Sarah Langfield responded on 16 October 2018 at 1:25am Reply

    It transcended dance I felt I was looking right into hearts and souls. Brilliance from Steve and Sarah. Also loved Mayara and James Hay. feel v grateful to see so many wonderful performances, we are blessed.

  10. Lesley Stansfield responded on 16 October 2018 at 2:30am Reply

    Superb performances from every single dancer on the stage. Amazed by the detail and beauty of the costumes ( which you can't see from even the most expensive theatre seat) Every dancer acting. That is the joy of cinema performances....seeing details.

    Stephen McRae was a wonderful Rudolf..he is a dancer in his prime. Sarah Lamb was exquisite as always. Such beautiful feet.

    Always love the intervals and the backstage interviews. Ore is getting better at it and Darcey can provide personal memories of actually dancing the roles. Lovely to hear Deborah McMillan talking about what must be a bittersweet memory of the ballet, given the death of her husband, Kenneth, backstage, during a performance of Mayerling in 1992.

    Royal Ballet dancers are looking very good..lots of talent in the ranks. Looking forward to La Bayedere!!

  11. Ronaldo responded on 16 October 2018 at 6:26am Reply

    I took a group of 15 to out local cinema in Lucon, France. Most of us really enjoyed it. Very much indeed. One of our group fell asleep in the first act. Not sure how this could be possible but it takes all sorts. Excellent evening.

  12. BROCHET Chantal responded on 16 October 2018 at 8:02am Reply

    A revoir dès que l'occasion m'en sera donnée.

    • JOCELYNE BORG responded on 2 December 2018 at 9:21am

      Absolument époustouflant d'intensité, de beauté et d'émotions! C'est magnifique, unique! Un grand moment de théâtre! Cela se déroulait hier soir à Chasseneuil, un petit bourg de Charente.

  13. Katayoun Behnam responded on 16 October 2018 at 8:05am Reply

    Unfortunately, we weren't able to watch the live broadcasting of Mayerling here in Berlin. We looked for the nearest cinema to us, and according to it would be the UCI MBP. We went there only to find out that the cinema had not even opened yet. Since we were eager to watch the performance, we rushed to the next cinema, which was supposed to be the Cinemaxx at Potsdamer Platz. There, we were told that there weren't any live broadcasts that night, and sent to another cinema, the Cinestar. There, we were assured that there was not any Broadcast of the ROH for that night. As the performance had started an 1 ago by that time, we decided not to look for yet another cinema. It was pretty frustrating since we had looked forward to Mayerling for a long time.
    I have been to many live broadcasts from the ROH before and have never experienced such problems. So, please do check if the website (which I assume does cooperate with the ROH) provides correct information to your audience.

    Best wishes

  14. Esther Drewett responded on 16 October 2018 at 8:40am Reply


  15. Lucy Horn responded on 16 October 2018 at 9:23am Reply

    Breathtaking, what an evening. Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb are a partnership mad in heaven. I don't know about the dancers but I was exhausted after watching it so much heart felt emotion and incredible dancing from everyone - words just can't describe it. We are so blessed to have Cinema Live and never miss any.

  16. Jennie Hillman responded on 16 October 2018 at 9:56am Reply

    Absolutely spectacular...awesome choreography and dance...HOWEVER a suggestion...whilst we are waiting for the live broadcast, can you put on screen a synopsis of the forthcoming act, taken from the programme? It would help enormously with understanding the storyline. Also...what on earth does Ore Odoba know about dance, except for Strictly. You don't need to dumb down to this audience.....

  17. Matthew Lawrence responded on 16 October 2018 at 10:05am Reply

    We couldn’t get it at our cinema here in the Shetland Islands. Shame really as our ballet school of 90 pupils would have enjoyed that

  18. Belinda Payne responded on 16 October 2018 at 11:01am Reply

    Wonderful evening watching Steven McRae, Sarah Lamb and the whole company dance and act the devastating Mayerling story. Loved the insights given during the intervals and the interviews with Lady Macmillan and Laura Connor. Fabulous to have Steven back to his amazing best after his injury and I even enjoyed the segment covering that!

  19. Alan Sparrow responded on 16 October 2018 at 12:06pm Reply

    At the cinema here in Sitges, Spain, we were totally stunned! . NOBODY was expecting this SUPERNATURAL, exquisite art on so many levels! - We were all transported into the life of the hapless Crown Prince Rudolf. I am no expert, but it seems to me every single performance of this tragic, beautiful ballet is absolutely unique. I just cannot believe what I saw could ever be repeated! What a GIFT! - The aura, the atmosphere created, had to be experienced to be understood. The Magic was inexplicable!
    Thank you ALL so much at the Royal Opera House.

  20. Laura Alvisi responded on 16 December 2018 at 3:35pm Reply

    Does anyone know if this is going to be released on dvd?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 17 December 2018 at 4:04pm

      Hi Laura,

      This isn't currently scheduled to be released on DVD or Blu-Ray. But do keep an eye on our social media pages for any update!

      Best wishes,


  21. Elaine Johnson responded on 5 March 2019 at 4:04pm Reply

    While I expected nothing but the best from Sarah, Steven and Laura, I want to make a special mention of how blown away I was by Kristen McNally, who I have never seen dance. She actually stole it a little for me because I was so looking forward to her scenes. I was quite stunned. I wish I could see more of her ballet.

  22. Elia responded on 10 March 2019 at 8:55pm Reply

    This really really deserves to be recorded in full. This is such an amazing partnership, I watch clips of other mayerling performances and there's just no comparison; the world needs to see this throughout time. I feel like they really tapped into the heart and soul with technique and passion in a rare way, I would feel like I and everyone else really lost something special if it went with them.

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