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English National Ballet - Kenneth MacMillan's Manon hero image
English National Ballet - Kenneth MacMillan's Manon hero image
English National Ballet - Kenneth MacMillan's Manon hero image

    English National Ballet - Kenneth MacMillan's Manon tickets

    Kenneth MacMillan’s passion-piece about love, fortune and decadence returns to London for the second time in over 30 years. Created by the acclaimed choreographer, Manon premiered at the Royal Ballet in 1974 and is regarded today as one of the most challenging and demanding ballet roles of all time.

    Based on the 1732 novel Manon Lescaut by Abbé Prévost, the large-scale ballet contains complex choreography created to showcase the talents of the Royal Ballet soloists and corps de ballet. Manon is performed by the English National Ballet and plays a limited season at the London Coliseum as part of an extensive national tour.

    Manon sees the young and idealistic titular character caught between the options of marrying the wealthy, older Monsieur GM or running away with poor student Des Grieux. Choosing the latter, the two head to the streets of Paris to escape her controlling brother and Monsieur GM. Their adventure takes them to a new world across the sea, where the fateful story builds to an ultimately tragic end.

    Creator Kenneth MacMillan was a ballet dancer and former Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet, with his tenure running from 1970 to 1977. After his resignation, he remained with the company as resident choreographer until his death in 1992. MacMillan uses Jules Massenet’s score from the 1884 opera of the same name, making this production an operatic ballet. The production also features design by Mia Stensgaard and lighting design by Mikki Kunttu.

    A unique opportunity to see a contemporary ballet that is acclaimed throughout dance, the production also features the English National Ballet Philharmonic. Manon returns to the West End for a strictly limited season as part of a UK tour, playing at the London Coliseum from 16 January to 20 January 2019.

    Performance dates: 20 Jan 2019 - 20 Jan 2019

    Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (including two intervals)

    Age recommendation: No under 5s

    Special notice: Those who love dance and ballet won’t want to miss out on this impressive production of the classic French tragedy.

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    Latest audience reviews

    The show was wonderful. I hadn't seen this Royal Danish Production before - the sets are sparce compared... More

    johnw29 22 Jan 2019

    The show was wonderful. I hadn't seen this Royal Danish Production before - the sets are sparce compared to the Georgiadis productions I've seen at La Scala/ROH, however the costumes give an altogether more Toulouse Lautrec-ian, Manet-ish feel. Less refined but somehow more dangerous. The duets (my favourite in all the repertoire) were incredibly well executed - passionate and fiery. Lescaut's solo delivered with pzazz. (A note about the venue: first impressions, chaotic, no clear idea of where to queue to get tickets, security guards (esp) particularly treat you like a suspect not a guest and it felt like a rock gig front of house. I didn't leave my seat at the second interval as I find it quite stressful navigating the venue and wanted to avoid any agressive questioning by security/FOH staff.

    johnw29 22 Jan 2019
    TheSophster23 20 Jan 2019
    Rem0n 13 Dec 2021

    The show was dreamy,all the ballet dancers gave 100% of their soul on the stage and all musicians are... More

    efthymiam 21 Jan 2019

    The show was dreamy,all the ballet dancers gave 100% of their soul on the stage and all musicians are so talented that their performance could not go unrecognised!

    efthymiam 21 Jan 2019
    marika 15 Nov 2019
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