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.
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:
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.’
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.