Thursday 3 May 2018, 7.15
Tickets can be booked here, with the option of choosing seats from a seating plan.
There will shortly be
of tickets on sale (without booking charges) for this event at Macclesfield
Visitor Information Centre (01625 378123).
Tickets will be available on the door, subject to demand:
enquiries as to demand may be made at the cinema or by calling 07871
Kenneth Macmillan s powerful telling of Manon and Des Grieux s tragic love is a masterpiece of modern ballet, 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 when Monsieur G.M. offers Manon a life of luxury as his mistress she can’t resist. With the Lescauts’ encouragement Des Grieux cheats at cards in an attempt to win Monsieur G.M.’s fortune. They are caught. Manon is arrested as a prostitute and deported to New Orleans, followed by Des Grieux. On the run, Manon dies from exhaustion.
Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles 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.
MacMillan found new sympathy with
the capricious Manon and her struggle
to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect
this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits
of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo
and Juliet – that drive this tragic story,
and make Manon one of MacMillan’s
most powerful dramas.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 35 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS