Why See American Ballet Theatre: Manon?
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.
Opening night: 2 June 2014
May not be suitable for younger audiences. Children should be at least six years old to attend ABT performances at the Met.
Two hours and 35 minutes
And before you stop reading
Images used are from a previous production of Manon by the American Ballet Theatre
Cast and Creative
CreativeChoreography by Kenneth MacMillan
Staged by Julie Lincoln and Yuri Uchiumi
Music by Jules Massenet
Set by Nicholas Georgiadis
Costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis
Lighting by Thomas R. Skelton
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