The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Feb. 15, 1937

The Masque of Kings (by Maxwell Anderson; Theatre Guild, producer). Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria-Hungary, a rakish young man with liberal tendencies, was found dead in the hunting lodge at Mayerling on Jan. 30, 1889. With him, also dead, lay the Baroness Mary Vetsera. He was 31, she 18. The scandal shook the Austro-Hungarian Empire to its foundations. And although Emperor Franz Joseph hushed up every detail of the tragedy so thoroughly that the motivation for the deaths remains mysterious to this day, the Mayerling affair has been pawed at by sensation mongers...

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