Laura Freeman Laura Freeman

MacMillan’s #MeToo minefield

This should be Rudolf’s piece but in the Royal Ballet’s latest revival the Crown Prince is outshone by the women

Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling is a #MeToo minefield. Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary is a serial seducer, a man of many mistresses, a grabber of princesses. Were he alive and kissing today, he’d check himself into an Arizona rehab clinic. In 1889, it was laudanum and a loaded pistol.

Rudolf ought to be tormented, driven by ennui and the oppression of the imperial court to darker and darker thrills.

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