Manon Digital Programme
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Introduction to the ballet
Our quick guide to this 20th-century tragic love story.
A full synopsis of this production
Production photographs of The Royal Ballet in performances of Manon, plus photos from The Royal Ballet's archive
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.
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
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.