Mayerling / Enchantement
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English Title: Mayerling / Enchantement -Magnificent Perfume-
Japanese Title: うたかたの恋 / ENCHANTEMENT－華麗なる香水－
Romanized Title: Utakata no Koi / Enchantement -Kareinaru Parfum-
Performances: Grand theater, January 2023; Tokyo Takarazuka Theater, February - March (dates TBA)
Shinjin Kouen Performances:
Based On: the events surrounding the death of Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary, and Marie Vetsera
Author: Shibata Yukihiro
Director: Koyanagi Naoko
Composer: Takahashi Kuni, Terada Takio
Choreographer: Hayama Kiyomi, Sha Tamae
Author / Director: Noguchi Kousaku
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Starring Yuzuka Rei & Hoshikaze Madoka
|Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria|
|Marie Vetsera, a baron's daughter|
|Duke Friedrich, Chief Cabinet Secretary|
|Archduke Jan Salvador, Rudolf's cousin|
|Zeps, editorial writer for a Vienna newspaper|
|Baroness Vetsera, Marie's mother|
|Marinka, Bohemian songstress|
|Emperor Franz Joseph, Rudolf's father|
|Captain Morris, Rudolf's adjutant|
|Roshek, Rudolf's servant|
|Criess, an officer|
|Hans, an officer|
|Emile, Friedrich's subordinate|
|Crüger, an officer|
|Jessica, Marie's wet nurse|
|Bessel, an officer|
|Hannah, Marie's younger sister|
|Countess Larisch, Rudolf's cousin|
|Archduke Ferdinand, Rudolf's cousin|
|Mrs. Shlatt, an actress|
|Count Hoyos, a close associate of Rudolf|
|Stephanie, Rudolf's wife; the Crown Princess|
|Eva. Stephanie's maid|
|Ophelia, a character in a play within the play|
|Johanna, a young woman|
Other Cast TBA
WARNING!! MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!
Murder/suicide, grooming, non-consent, manipulation, abuse of power, child abuse, pedophilia
Austria, 1888. Crown Prince Rudolph is bored with the ostentatious royal life in the Austrian court. He is forced into a marriage contract with Stephanie, Princess of Belgium. The couple is incompatible and they live in unhappy discord. Grand Duke Jean Salvadore, Rudolph's cousin, is in touch with the liberals of the realm and his lover, Milly, is a commoner. The Grand Duke has broken the shackles of convention and he enjoys a life of freedom much to his cousin`s envy.
During a performance of “Hamlet”, Rudolph meets Maria Vetsera, the daughter of Baron Vetsera, the wealthiest man in Vienna. Maria is instantly infatuated with the Prince, and they continue meeting in secret.
Duke Friedrich, the Minister of War, learns of the love affair. He plots to use the affair to his advantage and put his own nephew Ferdinand in Rudolph's place as Crown Prince. The Duke reports to the Emperor that Rudolph is meeting liberals and that he is also having secret rendezvous with Maria.
When the Emperor learns that Rudolph has petitioned the Pope for a divorce from Princess Stephanie he flies into a rage and orders Rudolph and Maria to part.
Rudolph feels he must make a choice: the throne, or Maria.
In January of 1889, Rudolph announces that he is going on a hunting trip. He departs for Mayerling with Maria.
Duke Friedrich discovers Rudolph's plans. The Duke sends out a party who masquerade as revolutionaries so that Rudolph can be arrested as their leader.
Blissfully unaware of the tragedy about to unfold, Rudolph and Maria alone in the surroundings of peace and beauty spend their last night together...
- The famous "Mayerling" play written by Shibata Yukihiro in 1983 is celebrating its 40th anniversary under the new direction of Koyanagi Naoko
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