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Manon Digital Programme


    Supported by Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

    Watch: Darcey Bussell in conversation with Deborah MacMillan (exclusive film)

    Exclusive film: a longer version of the interview broadcast live to cinemas worldwide on Thursday 16 October

    Massenet and the Manon score

    Although Jules Massenet composed an opera based on the Manon story, the music for Kenneth MacMillan's ballet is an amalgamation of the composer's work. Discover more, with excerpts from a recording.

    Watch: Marianela Nuñez and Federico Bonelli rehearsing the Act III final pas de deux

    Exclusive to your digital programme, watch Principals Marianella Nuñez and Federico Bonelli rehearsing the Act III final pas de deux

    Casting Update: Additional debuts and changes announced for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

    Casts include Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta as Lescaut.

    Watch: Melissa Hamilton and Matthew Golding in rehearsal

    Melissa Hamilton and Matthew Golding rehearse the bedroom pas de deux

    Manon dance highlights: Four extended pas de deux

    Kenneth MacMillan constructed his dramatic ballet around four pivotal moments.

    Getting Inside Manon's Head: Great dancers on one of ballet's most enigmatic roles

    Antoinette Sibley, Alessandra Ferri, Viviana Durante, Darcey Bussell and Melissa Hamilton speak to us in the ballet’s 40th anniversary year.

    MacMillan and the creation of the ballet

    Manon was MacMillan's second three-act ballet as Director of The Royal Ballet

    Watch: Francesca Hayward on dancing the role of Manon for the first time

    Soloist Francesca Hayward on dancing the role of Manon for the first time

    Manon Gallery

    Production photographs of The Royal Ballet in performances of Manon

    Deborah MacMillan

    The choreographer's wife talks about their relationship, his career and his creative process.

    The Story

    A full synopsis of this production

    Full cinema cast 16 October 2014

    The full cinema cast for Manon

    Watch: Zenaida Yanowsky on performing the role of Manon

    Principal Zenaida Yanowsky on performing the role of Manon

    Sir Kenneth MacMillan

    A look at the work of Kenneth MacMillan, one of ballet's greatest storytellers

    Designer Nicholas Georgiadis

    The designer of many ballets for MacMillan and The Royal Ballet, including Manon, Mayerling and The Prince of the Pagodas, Nicholas Georgiadis left a lasting legacy in ballet design

    Passionate pas de deux

    Since its premiere in 1974, MacMillan's ballet has been a hugely popular work in the Royal Ballet repertory. Here are a few of the most memorable moments in the ballet's 40-year history.


    Production team, Conductor and Principal dancers for this Season's performances


    Performances, screenings, timings and Royal Ballet staff

    Members of the cast and creative team on the choreography and characters in Manon

    Federico Bonelli, Marianela Nuñez, Ricardo Cervera, Christopher Saunders and Julie Lincoln introduce Manon.