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Your Reaction: What did you think of Manon live in cinemas 2018?

What did you think of the live cinema relay of The Royal Ballet's tragic masterpiece?

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

3 May 2018 at 10.30pm | 93 Comments

What did you think of Manon live in cinemas?
Add your thoughts in the comments below.

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

3 May 2018 at 10.30pm

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

This article has 93 comments

  1. Mj responded on 3 May 2018 at 10:36pm Reply

    Sad not to be able to watch from Idaho usa.

  2. Joerg Heinert responded on 3 May 2018 at 10:55pm Reply

    Thank you so much for this wonderful exciting performance! After final pas de Deluxem I was not able to say anything! It touched me so deeply! I have never seen something emotional that way in ballet.
    I count the days to see next ROYAL BALLET performance. Thank you once more and greetings especially for Sarah from Grossenhain, near to DRESDEN!

  3. Joan van leeuwen responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:01pm Reply

    Mesmeric and utterly stunning! What a performance! Unforgettable!

  4. Kim Oconnell responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:03pm Reply

    Thankyou once again Sarah and Vadim you moved me so very much ! Utterly sublime . Exquisite , devastatingly beautiful . Thankyou too Ryoichi for the drunken scenes . I laughed , I cried . Thankyou to the whole company . Perfection . ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Jannette responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:03pm Reply

    Weergaloos mooi!
    Tranen op het einde.
    Mooiste voorstelling tot nu toe dit seizoen.

  6. Vicky Hurst responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:04pm Reply

    Utterly, utterly sublime.

  7. Margaret Beddoes responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:12pm Reply

    Dramatic, stunning. Wonderful choreography amazing costumes. The grace and athleticism of the dancers takes your breath away.

  8. Karenb responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:16pm Reply

    Fantastic night! Third time I've seen it in this run and going again next Saturday. Loved this cast, Vadim wonderful in everything he does. Loved the partnership with the amazing Sarah Lamb . Agree with comment above about Gary Avis; he really makes GM a totally loathsome character. What to say about Lescaut? Have seen so many dancers in this role. Nor sure anyone has yet quite matched Thiago Soares but Ryoichi was fantastic tonight and I really loved Alexander Campbell a few weeks ago too. Thank you Kenneth MacMillan and Royal Ballet.

  9. Vandra Roots responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:18pm Reply

    Vadim and Sarah were very moving and brilliant along with the rest of the ballet dancers

  10. Judy Roy responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:21pm Reply

    Fantastic! A triumph for Vadim Muntanigrov and Sarah Lamb. Gary Avis and Ryoichi Hirano were outstanding too. (Watched in Cambridge.)

  11. Esther Drewett responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:22pm Reply

    First time I have seen this ballet superb production can't wait for DVD in order to watch again and again. Sarah lamb is a true star

  12. HENRY V WHITE-SMITH responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:25pm Reply

    Quite the best RB performances in cinemas for the past. Three years.Sarah Lamb used allher talents and feeling to give the most brilliant performance as Manon. She has made the role her own and I hope it will never be forgotten

  13. Joy Mowatt responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:32pm Reply

    Tonight’s performance was stunning. The variety of emotions and quality of dancing and acting was masterful. A truly wonderful night.

  14. Mary M O'Sullivan responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:43pm Reply

    Just home from the cinema after watching a magnificent Ballet Manon was superb I was blown away by the Choreography and the Music. The Dancers brilliant performances from Sarah Lamb oh my! she was like a feather to watch, the ease of Vadim Muntagirov was fabulous the are excellent together. Ryoichi Hirano Fab dancer can act and is a very good drunk. I won't sleep tonight I'm wired after such a magnificent performance by all the cast. If will be worth it.
    Mary M O'Sullivan
    Cork Ireland

  15. Janice Wood responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:48pm Reply

    Spellbinding, emotionally exhausting, such strength and beauty, particularly from Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov. Didn't know this ballet but now it's definitely my favourite. Ryiochi Hirano's drunken performance was so clever and funny. Loved it.!

  16. Bridie Macmahon responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:49pm Reply

    A stunning performance by these magnificent dancers. Thanks to everyone involved in staging, performing and filming it, and to the presenters and interviewees who as always provide such enjoyable and interesting 'extra' material. I very much hope that the performance will be released as a DVD since it deserves to be seen for generations to come.

  17. Sam responded on 3 May 2018 at 11:53pm Reply

    Mesmerising from start to finish - Muntagirov and Lamb were sublime- powerful but such touching performances- they have great chemistry.

  18. Laura Lee responded on 4 May 2018 at 12:31am Reply

    Superb! In all departments - dancing, acting, music and costumes. Such depth of characterisation so sad . Thigh Manin got her just deserts if taken as a Morality Tale . Felt so sad for her lover.

  19. Jane Vogelmann responded on 4 May 2018 at 12:46am Reply

    Breathtakingly beautiful and tragic.
    Stunning performances.
    Brought me to tears.

  20. Audrey jones responded on 4 May 2018 at 2:08am Reply

    Superb Never seen better. Rýoichi HIRANO outstanding, audience in Cardigan laughed till they cried at his drunk. Incredible dancer., wonderful actor, perfect

  21. John Mathers responded on 4 May 2018 at 6:46am Reply

    I'm still absorbed by thoughts of last night at the cinema. Sarah was so expressive, beautiful, and Vadim is the perfect person as her lover: they are so good together. Their final Pas de Deux was just out of this world, technically and emotionally perfect. Ryoichi and Itziar were outstanding in the second act. The cinema broadcast had the advantage of interviews, and I was particularly pleased to see Darcey talk to Beatriz, one of my favourite dancers: so nice to put a voice to this wonderful personality. Is dance addictive? I can't wait to see it again and I'm online looking for tickets!

  22. Jane Stephen responded on 4 May 2018 at 6:59am Reply

    Wonderful!!!! a cast to die for.I am so glad that the the MacMillan legacy is being looked after and cherished .Well done Royal Ballet

  23. Helen responded on 4 May 2018 at 7:21am Reply

    Makes watching ballet affordable as price for most tickets at ROH so high. Love the interviews and other extras that we get at cinema during the intervals. The whole performance was completely absorbing.

  24. NJT responded on 4 May 2018 at 7:43am Reply

    Wow! Saw this live last week with Lamb and Muntagirov and thought they were fantastic then, but the cinema close-ups were heart-wrenching, especially at the end. Superb dancing from them, particularly from Muntagirov, and what passion! Everyone fantastic but Hirano's, Mendizabal and Gary Avis played brilliant parts.

  25. Ruiz responded on 4 May 2018 at 7:51am Reply

    Manon est un ballet merveilleux les interprètes sont des artistes attachants et sincères Montaginov et Lamp sont un couple parfait. Mais je voulais dire un immense merci à Sir Antony Dowell d’avoir inspiré ce grand rôle masculin à Kenneth Macmillan Dowell le premier interprète de ce sublime ballet. Joseph Ruiz

  26. Kate responded on 4 May 2018 at 8:04am Reply

    Our first live cinema viewing last evening, and what a performance! An enthralling and emotionally draining ballet, beautifully performed by all. I would love to own this on DVD.

  27. Lesley Glover responded on 4 May 2018 at 8:12am Reply

    Stunning performance last night. I agree with all the comments. Sarah such an expressive and luminous dancer, a delight and privilege to watch. Her pairing with Vadim amazing. Such an emotional experience, thank you to ROH, all the cast, especially wonderful Gary as GM, and Ryiochi, such a great dancer and actor! Thank you for the live broadcasts, we love them, and Ore and Darcy. Manon my favourite ballet, Macmillan was a genius. Going to see it again on 12th at ROH, can't wait!

  28. H. Smith responded on 4 May 2018 at 8:25am Reply

    Costumes, set design, lighting, camerawork the score, direction and choreography, everything was beautifully done. And the magnificent performances from orchestra and dancers were beyond belief - just perfect. Thanks you everyone for this magic production.

  29. Asun del Valle responded on 4 May 2018 at 8:41am Reply

    I saw Manon at the cinema in Wimbledon, my first time seeing a relay from ROH. It was magnificent!! I got emotional just from the beauty of it. All the dancers were amazing. It was just perfection. I will be thinking of it for days to come

  30. NICK CHEYNEY responded on 4 May 2018 at 8:42am Reply


  31. Barbara responded on 4 May 2018 at 8:43am Reply

    Magical evening.........superb!

  32. Anne responded on 4 May 2018 at 8:49am Reply

    Beyond fabulous!

  33. Fiona Reed responded on 4 May 2018 at 9:01am Reply

    Watched this in my local cinema in Alnwick with a friend. I hadn't seen Manon for years but it was just as wonderful as I remembered it. Stunning choreography as always by McMillan and brilliant dancing and acting by the whole company. Vadim and Sarah brought tears to my eyes at the end of Act III. Thank you ROH for another stunning evening. Roll on June 12th and Swan Lake.

  34. Ronald Turner responded on 4 May 2018 at 9:02am Reply

    Best Manon I have ever seen. Cannot say who was best. Simply too good but thrilled and laughed at the drunken antics is Lescaut. All brilliant. Music too. Unbeatable value for money, especially in our gorgeous cinema at Lucon, France. Thanks also to the management there for a wonderful collage of interval refreshments. The whole thing simply superb.

  35. Colin Young responded on 4 May 2018 at 9:05am Reply

    Fantastic and moving performance - with fabulous dancers and great music. All new to me, I knew little about the ballet and had never seen a Kenneth Macmillan choreography before. Looking forward to the next one!

  36. Jane responded on 4 May 2018 at 9:09am Reply

    Sublime performance, divine costumes, the company must be exhausted, so much emotion and divine physical dancing. Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov took us to the heights and deepest depths. What expression of emotion! Thank you for your triumph. These cinema relays are superb.

  37. Mimi responded on 4 May 2018 at 9:11am Reply

    Still blown away by what we experienced last night. It was mind blowing and the partnering of Sarah and Vadim utterly sublime. Thank you to all at the Royal Ballet for an epic performance of an epic ballet. I still have a lump in the throat when think of the journey to the final Pas de deux

  38. Terri Brewer responded on 4 May 2018 at 9:54am Reply

    This was a wonderful ballet, by far my favourite.....wonderful performances by all, but a special mention for Vadim va va voom!

  39. Linda Turton responded on 4 May 2018 at 10:29am Reply

    Watched it at Arthouse, Crouch End, N8. Astonishingly beautiful and captivating. Excellent performances all round. I am now booking Swan Lake in June for certain.

  40. Brian Bedwell responded on 4 May 2018 at 10:34am Reply

    I agree with almost all the comments above but PLEASE, whoever thought that Mr Ore Oduba was qualified for his co-presenting role alongside Darcey Bussell? He was excellent in 'Strictly' and I've no doubt is a very able sports commentator, but here he was so far out of his depth that I found it embarrassing...I was not alone. Darcey has done an excellent solo job in the past...No need to change it.

    • Peter Hillyar-Russ responded on 4 May 2018 at 1:04pm

      I completely agree with you about this - for some time now I have been amazed by the belief that doing well in Strictly Come Dancing qualifies one to talk about dance at Royal Ballet level. On various other occasions (World Ballet Day Company Class, for example) he has been so out of his depth it has been cringingly embarrassing.

  41. Stevie responded on 4 May 2018 at 11:56am Reply

    Just to confirm what you already must know, great performance, production and totally enjoyed by all. Hard to find any point of criticism so have to resort to a very small point. Even the powers of the make up team could not prevent Miss Lamb from looking pretty, in the swamp scene, so just give up on that task. The hair style they gave her looked lovely on her.

  42. nickb responded on 4 May 2018 at 12:22pm Reply

    DVD please!

  43. Ian Norley. responded on 4 May 2018 at 12:35pm Reply

    Most wonderful performance of Manon at the cinema yesterday. So good to see Darcey during the intervals - I do hope to see her in the future. Looking forward to our next visit to Covent Garden - we get there as often as we can.
    Battle, East Sussex.

  44. Antony Matusch responded on 4 May 2018 at 12:36pm Reply

    The ballet in every aspect was beautiful as would be expected from The Royal Ballet
    but the camera work was very poor and very annoying. Feet were cut off far too frequently and hands too in the apparent desire to get in close, in reality too close.
    Surely in ballet seeing the whole dancer is essential. As a photographer it was thoroughly irritating.

  45. Matthew Metal responded on 4 May 2018 at 1:31pm Reply

    I’d seen Manon by Silby Guemm with Jonathan Cope, Tamara Roja with Jonathan Cope while I’ve been in London. I hope to see young current dancers at RoH near future.

  46. Jen responded on 4 May 2018 at 1:56pm Reply

    Couldn't make it to the cinema but I would definitely buy a DVD

  47. Nancy Greenway responded on 4 May 2018 at 2:29pm Reply

    A really inspiring evening in Scarborough cinema A wonderful cast and to me unknown music lovingly conducted Age and distance mean I no longer get to London. I think some of those commenting adversely should appreciate that streaming does involve compromises but it does enable participation in an audience of committed others in a way unthinkable only a few years ago [My first visit to ROH was to see Fonteyn in Firebird the night she came back from her honeymoon!]

  48. Mimi responded on 4 May 2018 at 2:47pm Reply

    DVD please?

  49. Ginny responded on 4 May 2018 at 2:54pm Reply

    Wonderful outstanding performances all round and very moving. The presenters referred several times to the wealth of activity on the stage, being a particular feature of Manon. Unfortunately the camera tended just to follow whoever was dancing, in extreme close up, around the stage which was very frustrating as we lost the overall patterns, activities and general effect of the choreography. Very frustrating.

  50. Terri Trask responded on 4 May 2018 at 4:19pm Reply

    Just spine tingling from start to finish. I’ve seen Manon many times but this performance was just outstanding. The cinema relay adds so much more to the experience. Every nuance of every expression was masterful. Extraordinary dancing by extraordinary cast. Lovely to see Darcey so excited and moved by the performance. Keep these live satellite productions coming. What joy!

  51. Sue Ashton responded on 4 May 2018 at 5:37pm Reply

    Last night’s performance was superb. I thought that Sarah and Vadim were just lovely together. I was in tears by the end.
    I do agree with the comments about Ore. I am sure he is excellent in his field but I find him embarrassing presenting ballet.

  52. Nicojtr responded on 4 May 2018 at 7:18pm Reply

    A DVD should be produced of this wonderful performance - please!!

  53. Cheryl Arnaz responded on 4 May 2018 at 7:42pm Reply

    Emotions overflowed at this fantastic ballet. Everyone was moved to tears. Dancers must be drained emotionally and physical ly.

  54. Sheila Hope responded on 4 May 2018 at 7:54pm Reply

    I was rendered speechless, an unbelievable, intense performance! One of the best live transmissions, who oh why is there no Encore performance in cinemas? I urgently need to watch it again!

  55. Linzi Le Luker responded on 4 May 2018 at 8:25pm Reply

    A spellbinding ballet - I was new to Manon and absolutely riveted to my seat - the final pas de deux gave me goose pimples it was so so emotional - I have had the pleasure of seeing Sarah Lamb now in 2 major roles & her fluidity & expression in all parts is exemplary .what a fabulous idea this is to have live viewings at cinemas round the world - swan Lake next ! Thank you so much for such incredible ballet

  56. Gallerista responded on 4 May 2018 at 8:53pm Reply

    I loved everything about the production. Superb main dancers, the music, scenery and costumes. I knew nothing about this ballet Manon but really enjoyed it. And the third act so modern in execution and movement. Bravo. So good to have access to a production of this calibre via cinema.

  57. Shawna Paxton responded on 4 May 2018 at 9:22pm Reply

    OMG what a performance! I saw the wonderful Marianella Nunez in Manon the last time it was screened & I was prepared to be disappointed with Sarah Lamb last night, but no - she was superb. Her fragility (in looks only) suited the role & the partnership with Vadim Muntagirov was heartbreakingly beautiful. Such wonderful music & choreography danced apparently effortlessly. I loved Ryochi Hirano's drunken Lescaut, the comedy aspect not quite masking his great talent & of course Gary Avis is always terrific in all his character roles, this one much darker than usual.
    I could hardly sleep last night for reliving this tragic ballet & the music, this was the Royal Ballet at its best in my opinion. Thankyou so much for the opportunity to experience world class ballet & opera in this scheme at a price I can afford.

  58. Kate E responded on 4 May 2018 at 10:18pm Reply

    I don't know why people are so snobbish about Ore. Does it matter that he knows little about ballet?. He brings a refreshing lack of pretension to proceedings. I speak as one who knows a lot about ballet, having trained in it for years, but I don't want to see ballet bores pontificating away. Let's see more presenters like Ore helping to dispel the perception that ballet is elitist and cannot be appreciated by 'ordinary' folk.

  59. Richard responded on 5 May 2018 at 6:23am Reply

    Can I put in a plea for other younger RB Principals to be shown in filmings/DVDs?
    In this run of Manon, for example, Hayward/ Bonelli, and Takada/Campbell, have been widely and hugely praised and I don't think I am alone in having enjoyed their performances much more than Lamb/ Muntagirov who seemed to take until Act 3 to really catch fire.
    On a less serious note, at our cinema we loved the interval appearance of Henry the Hoover and would like him to have a larger role in forthcoming productions!

    • Nicojtr responded on 5 May 2018 at 12:38pm

      Whilst I agree that the younger principals deserve a showing, I think you are very much in the minority regarding your opinion re Lamb and Muntagirov. Each to their own....

    • elleG responded on 5 May 2018 at 2:29pm

      I love both Hayward and Takada, of course (best two Manons this run), but Richard's request for "younger Principals" is a little misleading. Bonelli is some 10 years older than Muntagirov and Campbell is also in his thirties. Personally, I found Muntagirov's performance to be beautifully danced and convincingly 'lived' in a way that no other Des Grieux has managed this run. I can't wait to get to the cinema again and to buy the hoped-for DVD.
      By the way, the Hayward/Muntagirov partnership was terrific in Alice 3/4 years ago and Takada danced both Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote with Muntagirov a while back too.
      Perhaps what audiences now need is a bit more 'mix and match' where casting is concerned?

    • ML responded on 5 May 2018 at 9:24pm

      While the hugely accomplished Miss Lamb and Mr Muntagirov appear to have been dancing for many seasons and Mr Bonelli has enviably youthful looks, in terms of age and experience, the pairing of Miss Lamb and Mr Muntagirov would actually count as being younger than that of Miss Hayward and Mr Bonelli. With regard to the pairing of Miss Takada and Mr Campbell, this was a recent cast change (Campbell substituting for an injured Steven McRae) and as all three leads (including James Hay in the role of Lescaut) were making role debuts in the ballet, they might not have wished to have the pressure of a live cinema relay as well. Others have also asked to see Miss Hamilton and Mr Kish in cinema relays- I am certain that we will be seeing the different talented casts in broadcasts of Manon in future.

  60. Amy responded on 5 May 2018 at 6:30am Reply

    2 days later and I'm still blown away. I've seen this great ballet a couple of times now, but never has it touched me that deeply. Everybody really gave it their all - emotionally and technically. Was bawling my eyes out by the end of it. Special mentions for the sublime Vadim and Sarah, as for the equally superb Ryiochi and Gary.
    DVD? - yes, yes, yes, please!

  61. Barbara Cheyne responded on 5 May 2018 at 9:44am Reply

    Absolutely divine . Please please please bring out a DVD it would be a sell-out version.

  62. Salli Martlew responded on 5 May 2018 at 10:37am Reply

    Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Such a range of emotions throughout the performance. So much energy. Loved to be able to watch the characters supporting the leads. Wonderful! So I am coming to London to see it 'in the flesh' - can't wait!

  63. Julia responded on 5 May 2018 at 11:58am Reply

    Superb. One of the best performances I've seen - and I saw it during its first run in 1974.

    The new orchestration is wonderful and I'd love a recording of that alone - and a DVD of this performance.

    But - am I allowed to say i'm getting a bit tired of hearing how Darcy Bussell would have done it and other roles. I'd like more on and from the dancers of today.

  64. Carole Snalune responded on 5 May 2018 at 6:06pm Reply

    First time at live cinema ballet. Very much missed atmosphere at ROH. Too much commentary at start and in interval which detracts from continuity of ballet. However, superb acting from Ryoichi Hirano, Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov, together with an outstanding performance from entire cast, and brilliant choreography. Think we will be back at the ROH for our next ballet!

  65. ML responded on 5 May 2018 at 7:39pm Reply

    DVD please!!

  66. Alice Wheeler responded on 5 May 2018 at 9:02pm Reply

    Fabulous evening,total perfection, please please can we have a DVD?

  67. Marion/Lexie. responded on 5 May 2018 at 10:44pm Reply

    Utterly breathtaking. Exquisite dancing, sublime music. Memorable evening.

  68. Christine Smith responded on 5 May 2018 at 11:11pm Reply

    Saw Manon in Newbury on Thursday - drama, comedy and tragedy all rolled into one with stunning dancing. Thank you Royal Ballet for enabling those of us who do not live in London to see such wonderful dancing regularly.

  69. Eleri Forbes responded on 6 May 2018 at 7:01am Reply

    Absolutely superb performance. Was enthralled all the way through the performance. It was just stunning. So emotional. Loved every minute of it. Watching with my daughter in Crouch End. Still thinking of it now, 3 days later! Will there be a DVD?

  70. Bill Woolhouse responded on 6 May 2018 at 11:48am Reply

    I was at The very first performance way back In 1974.Sibley/Dowell/Wall/Rencher.
    This ballet has become my all time favourite and has gone from strength to strength.Having seen all the great dancers of the past dance these mesmerising roles in never fails to grip me.This performance was so exception Lamp meltingly beautiful and Muntagirov so elegant with his gorgeous line and lovely stage manners.Macmillan was a genius for sure.The orchestra were truly on top form.I miss the bumpety bump scene in act 2 with the mistress and Lescaut.Remembering Gerd Larsen and the utterly peerless David Wall.RIP.

  71. Felicity responded on 6 May 2018 at 2:42pm Reply

    I agree 100% with Kate E. above about Ore Oduba.
    The superb performance by the whole cast brought applause from the cinema audience, and though I am not a great fan of Sarah Lamb I have to confess that the role was made for her and for the first time (I have only ever seen Manon in the cinema and on DVD) there was a lump in my throat at the end.

  72. B B responded on 6 May 2018 at 5:48pm Reply

    Absolutely fabulous. Vadim Muntagirov and Sarah Lamb were unbelievably fantastic. Still buzzing from the performance

  73. Zarina shaikh responded on 6 May 2018 at 6:29pm Reply

    watched it from thr cinema in truro and it was breathtaking! The combination of Sarah and Vadim was magical and oh the ending ......tears and emotions flowed. Encore!!!

  74. Doug responded on 6 May 2018 at 8:27pm Reply

    Yes, please bring out a DVD. My cinema ‘programme’ says “this production is available to buy on DVD”, which I think is not strictly accurate. Production yes, maybe, but not with Lamb/Muntagirov. Any plans for this?

  75. elleG responded on 6 May 2018 at 8:31pm Reply

    The sunshine was very tempting but I simply had to get to the Manon encore showing in the cinema this afternoon.I was actually rather surprised to discover that the live performance by the same cast had bowled me over even more than the relay. I think that this might have been because, especially in a ballet like Manon, dancers speak eloquently with their whole bodies and the shot selection tended to give us rather a lot of heads. There were wonderful facial expressions from Muntagirov in particular (indeed, an all-round realistic performance to treasure from him - oooh, those beautiful lines). But some others, including Avis's normally superb Monsieur GM, didn't register as potently with me as they did 'live'. The add-ons beforehand and in the interval were informative and well-handled this time, I thought and it's good to have them as downloads - before that hoped-for DVD emerges.

  76. Wonderful. But why spoil it with the inappropriate intervention of Bussell and her sidekick at the end to tell us it had been moving - we knew! We didn't need an advert at this point. Of course we want more ballet after this. 'Persil washes tutus whiter' would have been no more certain to destroy what the dancers had created.

  77. Marilyn Weston responded on 6 May 2018 at 11:54pm Reply

    Vadim and Ryiochi were brilliant just saw it at the cinema

  78. Marilyn Weston responded on 6 May 2018 at 11:54pm Reply

    Yes dvd please

  79. Annabel Charles responded on 7 May 2018 at 9:06pm Reply

    I saw the live screening with Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov, and I thought they were absolutely wonderful. But I also fell in love with the ballet which I had never seen before. My interest was increased further by watching the programme about Kenneth Macmillan on BBC 4 last night, so I got a last minute ticket to see it again today - live. Lauren Cuthbertson and Reece Clarke played the central roles - and were just fabulous too. Reece was marvellously romantic if slightly tentative at first, but got better and better during the afternoon. Lauren Cuthbertson was simply exquisite - every movement, every glance was delicate, precise and fraught with emotion. I was in tears at the end. Together they made another stunning couple, and it was interesting to see a slightly different interpretation of the roles. Ryoichi Hirano and Itziar Mendizabal were again excellent as Lescaut and his mistress, both very talented at acting as well as dancing - their drunken pas de deux hilarious.

    While I always enjoy live screenings and am so grateful to have access to both balllet and opera from ROH in my local cinema, I do agree with earlier comments about the filming. I really want to see the whole stage - not just the person/people dancing. Seeing Manon live made me realise how many tiny details were carefully crafted to contribute to the whole effect, some of which were missed in the screening.

    But more importantly, I would like to thank all at ROH for such wonderful uplifting performances. We are privileged to have such an outstanding company in the UK - and that includes the orchestra, the set designers and everyone else involved. Thank you to everyone.

  80. Michael Slocombe responded on 7 May 2018 at 10:21pm Reply

    So moved. My partner was destroyed by the end.

  81. David responded on 8 May 2018 at 4:26pm Reply

    Can I join in the clamour for a DVD please!

  82. Richard responded on 9 May 2018 at 7:57am Reply

    elleG and ML thanks for your responses (05 May) to my earlier post. I agree "younger" was wrong with regard to these particular male leads, Campbell and Bonelli being older than Muntagirov (but yes, Bonelli manages to looks a lot younger than his age!). In putting in my request I really meant that I thought the younger female RB principals - Hayward, Takada, Naghdi - now deserved featuring more in filmings.

    • elleG responded on 10 May 2018 at 10:25am

      I absolutely agree with you, Richard. Hayward, Naghdi and Takada are the female dancers who have resonated most strongly with me this season and there do seem to be a lot of relays, DVDs and, indeed, repeat relays which feature the longer-serving ballerinas. If these three simply wonderful young ballerinas are to become better known and universally popular, giving them air-time is the best possible way forward.

  83. In the world of dance and ballet all my life this is the second time I have seen "Manon".. so very moving of course... especially the music and the way it is used by the choreographer. I particularly admired Vadim Muntagirov's portrayal of the young student and his partnering was superb. Sara lamb always amazes me at her strength because she looks so frail! I still have parts of the score going round in my head...!!!

  84. Kerstin Schneider responded on 10 May 2018 at 3:14pm Reply

    Sarah Lamb lights up the stage and the screen. Hope to have many more opportunities to watch her before she retires. And yes appreciate very much indeed to be able to see this in cinema; but, as always the lighting was much too dark; filming makes everything 2 shades darker, so the lighting technician needs to adjust, especially back stage needs additional light for film -- and yes do not show me close-ups of sweaty faces when elsewhere on the stage people are still dancing!!!!!! I do not like the editor deciding what I am watching -- I like to make my own choice, so just show the stage please.....Check out the Paris Opera DVD of Manon; it is not perfect; but much better than the ROH filming. I did ask one of the ROH camera operators whether they receive special training on filming dance -- they do NOT -- they seem to think that dancer are filmed like actors!!!!!!! No wonder the ROH ballet DVD/screening are always so badly done.

  85. I had not seen Macmillan choreography for some while and it amazes me by its complexity for all the cast not only the leads. Absolutely wonderful. Love vadim in everything he does but why did he have that hairdo? What's wrong with his own floppy hair style. Not a fan of lamb think she is too fragile looking for the part and that ghastly wig she had stuck on the top of her head - well! This does not detract her dance ability of course. Music fantastic. Roh wig and hair dept not great. But loved loved it.

  86. Richard responded on 15 May 2018 at 8:56am Reply

    elle G - you are spot on.
    RB- Having just seen Francesca Hayward's sublime last Manon performance live, I think it is a great mistake and shame that none of her 4 castings this time around were recorded for posterity ! Along with Campbell as either Des Grieux, or Lescaut, this surely must be THE recording priority when Manon runs again ?

  87. Henry White-Smith responded on 15 May 2018 at 2:06pm Reply

    Sarah Lamb gave the most wonderful performance in every way. Together with Vdim Muntagirov, they were a stunning combination throughout the evening.I do wish the stage at the ROH was deeper. Both for operas and ballets it loses out to the Met and the Bolshoi for production purposes.

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