Ballet in three acts (1974)
Kenneth MacMillan's ballet of decadence, desire and devastation returns to Covent Garden, celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Torn between her desire of a life of splendour and riches and her devotion to her true love Des Grieux, the feckless and capricious Manon pays the ultimate price...
This adaptation of Abbé Prévost’s novel embodies MacMillan at his best, his acute insight into human psychology and his mastery of narrative choreography finding full expression in the impassioned duets of the central couple, visceral and urgent in their desire.
The heroine’s struggle to escape poverty makes this one of the most dramatic and devastating of ballets, emphasized by Nicholas Georgiadis’ evocative designs that reflect the juxtaposition between Manon’s impoverished origins and the lavish world she longs to inhabit.
For this performance, Natalia Osipova leads a star studded cast in the title role, alongside fellow Royal Ballet Principals Reece Clarke as Des Grieux, Australia's Alexander Campbell as Lescaut and Mayara Magri as Lescaut's mistress.
ROH guidance: Content suitable for ages 14+.