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A Life of Riches or True Love?

A recorded broadcast of Manon by the Royal Ballet will sweep you off your feet at the Torch Theatre this Sunday 11 February.

This adaptation of Abbé Prévost’s novel embodies Kenneth 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 make Manon 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.

Rather than simply drawing music from operatic tales of Manon, including Puccini's Manon Lescaut or Jules Massenet’s opera Manon (both inspired by Prévost's novel), renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score drawn from across Massenet’s collected works. The music of the Manon ballet includes his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers.

The 2023/24 Season celebrates the centenary of Nicholas Georgiadis.

The recorded broadcast of Manon can be seen at the Torch Theatre this Sunday 11 February at 2pm. Ticket price: £20. Concession: £18. Under 26: £9.

For tickets phone the Box Office on 01646 695267 or click here.


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