English National Ballet - Kenneth MacMillan's Manon at London Coliseum tickets
English National Ballet - Kenneth MacMillan's Manon at London Coliseum tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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

Age Recommendations: No under 5s

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (including two intervals)
Opened: 16 Jan 2019
Booking from: 20 Jan 2019
Booking until: 20 Jan 2019

Location and map

London Coliseum
St Martin's Lane
London, WC2N 4ES

41 Reviews Add review

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

johnw29 1 review, 0 helpful votes

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... More

efthymiam 1 review, 0 helpful votes

TheSophster23 5"6, 50 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Exceptional ballet. Delightful music. The dancing was superb. I do not know of any other ballet which has such passionate love duet... More

jeanettemartin 5' 3", 50 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Magnificent: full of grace and grief and fearless performances

leahtozer 5"7, 12 reviews, 0 helpful votes

My wife and I enjoyed the show very much. Whilst the story is set in the distant past, it's messages are very modern. It has sadness,... More

robinm 1 review, 0 helpful votes

The show was amazing. It was my first foray into ballet and I was bowled over by the staging, visuals, music and the movement. I am... More

mahendrag 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Beautiful and intense. It was difficult to decide whether to like the protagonist or not, though that is because of her character.... More

catouestmacott 1 review, 0 helpful votes

Breathtaking show with a beautiful Alison McWhinney dancing a very convincing Manon, and an exquisite Francesco Gabriele Frola as Des... More

lynked 1 review, 0 helpful votes