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The Royal Ballet’s Manon to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 16 October 2014

Kenneth MacMillan’s 40th-anniversary staging stars Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

13 October 2014 at 3.00pm | 9 Comments

The Royal Ballet’s production of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, starring Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli, will be relayed live to cinemas across the world at 7.15pm BST on 16 October.

Ahead of the screening, download our Royal Opera House Digital Programme, which contains specially selected features to bring your closer to the production, including an exclusive 20-minute Manon rehearsal we filmed with Marianela and Federico.

The Cast

Royal Ballet Principals Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli perform the roles of Manon and her lover Des Grieux. Ricardo Cervera is Manon’s brother Lescaut, Christopher Saunders is the wealthy gentleman Monsieur G.M., Laura Morera is Lescaut's Mistress and Gary Avis plays the Gaoler. The performance is conducted by Martin Yates.

Watch Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli talking about their roles during World Ballet Day:

The Story

Based on an 18th-century novel by Abbé Prévost, Manon is a tragic love story about an innocent girl who is drawn away from the man she loves by her desire for wealth and luxury.

‘From the start of the ballet to the end, the journey is so clear for Manon,’ says Marianela, ‘You really can get lost in the story and forget who you are for those three hours.’

5 things you need to know about Kenneth MacMillan's Manon.

The Production

Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon first had its premiere on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet has since become a staple of The Royal Ballet's repertory, with this current run marking the production’s 40th anniversary. Read how great dancers over the years have approached the role of Manon, in their own words.


Read audience reactions to the opening night and add your own review. We will also be publishing a roundup of tweets about the cinema screening, so share your thoughts using the hashtag #ROHmanon.

Manon will be live in cinemas on 16 October 2014. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Celia Blakey, Peter Lloyd and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund. Original production (1974) made possible by The Linbury Trust.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

13 October 2014 at 3.00pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Kenneth Macmillan, cinema, Cinema relay, Federico Bonelli, live screening, Manon, Marianela Nuñez, Production, The Royal Ballet

This article has 9 comments

  1. Janet Clements responded on 20 October 2014 at 3:20pm Reply

    The live relay to cinemas was fabulous however it was marred by the annoying "tweets" shown on screen at the interval and which ruined the tragic atmosphere created by the final scene. Please review your policy of showing "tweets" which contribute nothing and detract from the audience's experience.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 23 October 2014 at 10:21am

      Thanks for your feedback Janet. The tweets are a way of bringing the global audience together during the live relay, and are the equivalent of an interval conversation. Sorry to hear that you don't enjoy them.

      Best wishes


  2. Stevie responded on 10 January 2015 at 9:41pm Reply

    Saw this in Cinema and was blown away. Will it be re screened soon as an encore and/or are there plans to release it on DVD.

  3. Harry responded on 8 March 2015 at 8:22pm Reply

    This screening was mind-blowing. Is it going to be released in a DVD? It was a performance that I am will never forget and I would be so delighted if I could watch it again on a DVD.

  4. léna responded on 21 March 2015 at 5:30pm Reply

    A new DVD of this production with this faboulous cast please !

  5. Gemma responded on 28 November 2015 at 1:17am Reply

    Saw it relayed in cinema. So beautiful. Will it be released on DVD? I'd love to watch it again and again!

  6. Jacqueline Pollard responded on 22 February 2016 at 7:05pm Reply

    Will this production be released on DVD l would love to see the complete ballet by two of my favourite dancers

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 24 February 2016 at 12:13pm

      Hi Jacqueline,

      Unfortunately, there is no planned release of this recording of Manon. However, do please keep an eye on our news section and social media accounts where we announce upcoming DVDs.

      All best wishes,

  7. Val responded on 13 March 2018 at 1:52pm Reply

    Could I please add my request for a DVD of Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli dancing ‘Manon’ - a performance I also will never forget & would love to watch again. Or has one come out in the meantime?

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