From the Royal Opera House, Convent Garden
Kenneth Macmillan’s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet.
Set to music by Massenet, Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Premiering in 1974,
the ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance. 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 that drive this tragic story and makes Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.
Doors open 1.15pm
Tickets: Adults £15, Children £10