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BALLET broadcast AS LIVE from the Royal Opera House (recorded live on Thursday 3 May)

Sarah Lamb and Vadim Muntagirov star in Kenneth MacMillan’s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux’s tragic love story, set to music by Massenet.

Manon’s brother Lescaut is offering her to the highest bidder when she meets Des Grieux and falls in love. They elope to Paris, but Manon can’t resist when Monsieur G.M. offers her a life of luxury as his mistress.

Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score drawn from across Massenet’s music, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.

Manon returns to the Royal Ballet as part of a season marking the 25th anniversary of choreographer Kenneth MacMillan’s death. Made in 1974, it’s become one of his most popular works. A lavish three-act staging, with a plot inspired by Prévost’s novel and Massenet’s opera, it moves between erotic duets and MacMillan’s interest in corrupt and stifling societies, in this case pre-revolutionary France.  Zoe Anderson, The Independent

Tickets: Full £19   Adult concessions £17   18 & under £10
Running time: 2 hrs 35 mins (inc two intervals)
Doors open: 1.30pm
Certificate: This screening is certified 12A As Live. Click here for more information.

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