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The Masque of Kings


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by Maxwell Anderson.
[Starring] Basil Sydney
The action of the play takes place in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, and in Prince Rudolph's hunting-lodge at Mayerling.
The year is 1889.
Vienna, 1889. The Austro-Hungarian Empire stirs uneasily under the autocratic rule of the Emperor Franz Joseph, and there is a powerful movement afoot to establish a separate monarchy in Hungary under the Crown Prince Rudolph. The stumbling-block is Rudolph himself, who recoils from the idea of revolutionary bloodshed and has no taste for the purges and oppressions that seem to him the inevitable props of kingship. It is not until the Emperor intervenes harshly in his plans to marry the Baroness Vetsera that he is goaded to decisive action.
The situation affords Maxwell Anderson - a conscientious toiler in the cause of poetic drama - full scope for the eloquence he can bring to the verse form. There is rich imagery, caustic comment, and romantic passion in this stirring conjectural account of what is, of course, the prelude to the still mysterious tragedy in the hunting-lodge at Mayerling. (Kenneth A. Hurren)


Writer: Maxwell Anderson
Producer: Royston Morley
Designer: Barry Learoyd
The Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria: Basil Sydney
Captain Koinoff: John Sharplin
A servant: Geoffrey Bellman
The Empress Elizabeth of Austria: Joan Heath
The Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria: Frank Windsor
Loschek: Horace Sequeira
The Baroness Marie Vetsera: Jane Barrett
The Archduke John of Tuscany: Roger Gage
Herr Seeps: Ronald Adam
Count Taafe: Austin Trevor
Count Hoyos: Ivan Samson
Officers and soldiers: Clive Brooks
Officers and soldiers: George Cooper
Officers and soldiers: David Crane
Officers and soldiers: Richard Holden
Officers and soldiers: Michael Judan
Officers and soldiers: Robert Raikes

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