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Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023


Ended 7 Jun 2014 after 5 days

Saturated with fabric, from finely spun silk and brocade to dirty rags, this 1974 production is a battle between passion and poverty. As Manon tragically learns, you can't have both.

The New York Times

Closed 7 Jun 2014

The portrayal of a young woman torn between love and riches and the tragedy it brings to her and her lover have made Kenneth MacMillan's ballet a world-wide success. The ballet is inspired by the novel Manon Lescaut (which has also given rise to an opera of the same name) and is set to a score by Jules Massenet.

The captivating story takes us from decadent Parisian salons, where two young lovers meet (including our beautiful heroine Manon), to the much wilder swamps of New Orleans, where they are later exiled after a violent brawl involving Manon's lover, her brother, and the man who paid a high price to buy her affections.

Manon is an engrossing ballet though one not for the faint-hearted, with its dramatic tale of bought love, revenge and murder.

Additional Information


Opening night: 2 June 2014

Closing night: 7 June 2014


May not be suitable for younger audiences. Children should be at least six years old to attend ABT performances at the Met.

Run time

Two hours and 35 minutes

Show times


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Images used are from a previous production of Manon by the American Ballet Theatre


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