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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.

Introduction to the ballet

Our quick guide to this 20th-century tragic love story.

Watch: the trailer

The Story

A full synopsis of this production

Manon Gallery

Production photographs of The Royal Ballet in performances of Manon, plus photos from The Royal Ballet's archive

Live cinema cast 3 May 2018



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

Credits and biographies

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

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 spoke to us in the ballet’s 40th anniversary year in 2014.

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

Deborah MacMillan

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

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 history.