ROH: Manon

Manon 05/10/14, Copyright 2014 ROH. Photographed by Alice Pennefather


Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet, set to music by Massenet. 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.

Additional Info

  • No: A02050129
  • Composer: Jules Massenet
  • Conductor: Martin Yates
  • Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
  • Artists: Sarah Lamb, Vadim Muntagirov, Ryoichi Hirano, Gary Avis, Itziar Mendizabal, Royal Ballet
  • Production year: 2018
  • Run time: 01:45:00
  • Director: Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
  • Producers: Royal Opera House
  • Format: HDTV 16:9
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