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Catch The Royal Ballet's Manon live in a cinema near you on 3 May 2018

Kenneth MacMillan's tale of tragic love will be relayed live to cinemas around the world.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

26 April 2018 at 11.17am | 10 Comments

The Royal Ballet's production of Kenneth MacMillan's modern masterpiece Manon will be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 3 May 2018.

Manon showcases ballet at its most darkly dramatic and is one of the Company's showpiece works.

To enhance your viewing experience, access our Manon Digital Programme for free using the promo code FREEMANON, and enjoy a range of specially selected films, articles, pictures and features to bring you closer to the production.

The story

Based on a once-banned novel, Manon tells the story of a young girl who loves romance almost as much as she loves diamonds. When she falls in love with a handsome student, the two elope to Paris. There she meets a wealthy gentleman who offers her a life of luxury as his mistress, with tragic consequences.

The choreography and cast

Kenneth MacMillan was a choreographer renowned for his dark, dramatic and deeply psychological works. While his crowd scenes are eye-popping in their attention to detail, it is the choreographer's passionate and athletic duets (pas de deux) that are his hallmark.

The live cinema relay will star Royal Ballet Principals Sarah Lamb as Manon and Vadim Muntagirov as De Grieux. Ryoichi Hirano will dance the role of Lescaut.

The music

Manon draws on works by French Romantic composer Jules Massenet and saw MacMillan and original conductor Leighton Lucas sift through the composer's overtures, music for plays, operas, oratorios and original ballet music to create a new score.

Lush and orchestral, the score contains some of ballet's most moving and beautiful music.

The production

Nicholas Georgiadis' designs reflect a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. They are particularly striking when elevating MacMillan's spectacular ensemble scenes, with sets evoking Paris and New Orleans offering particular highlights.


We'd love to hear your thoughts via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ROHmanon. As ever, we'll be showing a selection of your responses to the ballet on screen in the interval, so share and your comment could be broadcast to the world.

Manon will be live in cinemas around the world on 3 May 2018. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

26 April 2018 at 11.17am

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Kenneth Macmillan, cinema, Manon, Production

This article has 10 comments

  1. Miles Ambrose responded on 26 April 2018 at 4:40pm Reply

    Sarah lamb goes from strength to strength and portrays the character so well. Kenneth would be very proud.

  2. Sheila Cross responded on 28 April 2018 at 11:50am Reply

    Chris, are you aware if there will be any Encore showings? Unfortunately I am unlikely to get to a Live Manon next Thursday (ironically because the community centre in Northallerton is showing Winter's Tale that night as the original showing was cancelled due to bad weather). There appear to be less Encore showings this season and it is very difficult to find out where they are. Many thanks.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 3 May 2018 at 12:19pm

      Hi Sheila,

      There will be, yes - from this Sunday. You can find your nearest Encore screening here

      Best wishes,


  3. Ashley J. Armstrong responded on 29 April 2018 at 10:09pm Reply

    You fail to give us a start time. One assumes it it 7.30?

  4. Patricia Brattle responded on 29 April 2018 at 11:01pm Reply

    So looking forward to this...... I have seen Manon many times but always from amphi or even lower slips so it will be a real treat to see the dancers close to!

  5. Stephen Ji responded on 30 April 2018 at 12:58am Reply

    Where can I purchase the version of this ballet performed by Nunez and Bonelli? It seems like on stage of 2014, however cannot find this in bluray anywhere.

    • MR S G PETIT responded on 1 May 2018 at 3:08pm

      It was never issued as a DVD or Bluray unfortunately. There are excellent versions with Dowell and Penney or Rojo and Acosta. So many casts I would love to have preserved on DVD - Guillem /Cope, Nunez/Bonelli, Hayward/Bonelli, Osipova etc etc

  6. Stevie responded on 3 May 2018 at 1:58pm Reply

    You can also buy the POB version in blu-ray and DVD, with Roberto Bolle and with Aurelie Dupont's farewell performance. I sincerely hope that the opportunity is taken to issue today's performance on blu-ray, a blu-ray version is an important omission from the Royal Ballet collection, which would sell in masses. The none release of Nunez and Bonelli was a great loss, with the Roja version never issued on blu-ray and the filming of Dowell and Penny below modern replay standards,

  7. Christina responded on 3 May 2018 at 9:38pm Reply

    Excellent performance Happy Birthday Marie

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