Skip to main content

ROH: Manon (24-30 May)

  • All Sites: 24 May 2018
Runtime: 180 min
GENRES: Ballet

Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist. With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune. They are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion.

Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.

MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.

Mon
15
Oct
Tue
16
Oct
Wed
17
Oct
Thu
18
Oct
Fri
19
Oct
Sat
20
Oct
Sun
21
Oct
Mon
22
Oct
Tue
23
Oct
Wed
24
Oct
Thu
25
Oct
Fri
26
Oct
Sat
27
Oct
Sun
28
Oct
Petone
Not currently showing
Cuba
Not currently showing
Pauatahanui
Not currently showing

Book a Film

Location
  • Petone
  • Cuba
  • Pauatahanui
Film
  • First Man
  • She Shears
  • A Star is Born
  • Brimstone & Glory
  • Stray
  • RBG
  • Ladies in Black
  • Venom
  • Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls
  • Smallfoot
  • Christopher Robin
  • Zama
  • On Chesil Beach
  • Book Club
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Funny Girl - The Musical
  • Exhibition: CEZANNE
  • NT Live 2018: Julie
  • Australian Ballet: The Merry Widow
  • Cinema Live Cliff Richard 60 Anniversary Tour
  • Cinema Live The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 20
  • NT Live 2018: King Lear
  • The King and I: From The London Palladium
  • SMS 2018 MY GENERATION
  • SMS 2018 BEAT OF MY OWN DRUM
  • SMS 2018 KOREAN FOCUS
  • SMS 2018 LATE NIGHT FRIGHTS
  • SMS 2018 BATTLING YOUR DEMONS
  • SMS 2018 WHAT BINDS US
  • SMS 2018 THE SAMPLER
  • King of Thieves
  • Met Opera 2018: Aida
  • Met Opera 2018: Samson et Dalila
  • Met Opera 2019: La Fanciulla del West
  • Met Opera 2019: Marnie
  • Met Opera 2019: La Traviata
  • Met Opera 2019: Adriana Lecouvreur
  • Met Opera 2019: Carmen
  • Met Opera 2019: La Fille du Régiment
  • Met Opera 2019: Die Walküre
  • Met Opera 2019: Dialogues des Carmélites
  • Suspiria
Times
  • Please select a location and film
E-Mail Us

Contact Us

Contact Us