English National Ballet to release Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon to online audiences

English National Ballet presents Kenneth MacMillan’s romantic tragedy Manon to online audiences via the Company’s Ballet on Demand streaming service. A full-length recording of the ballet will be available to rent for £7.99 from 10am on Monday 0March 2021.

Known for its expressive choreography and dramatic storyline, Manon features some of the most demanding roles in ballet. 

English National Ballet in Manon (c) Laurent Liotardo

The story follows the young and naïve Manon who is torn between two lives: privilege and opulence with the wealthy Monsieur GM, or innocent love with the penniless student Des Grieux. Aristocrats and beggars, courtesans and harlots fill the stage as the audience are taken from a gambling den in 18th-century Paris to a desolate Louisiana swamp in one of British ballets most dramatic stories. 

Recorded at the Manchester Opera House in 2018 for the Company’s archive, this performance sees Alina Cojocaru in the title role alongside Joseph Caley as Des Grieux and features Jules Massenet’s haunting music performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic. 

Manon is the latest full-length production English National Ballet has made available to online audiences worldwide through Ballet on Demand. Other titles available to rent now include Derek Deane’s Swan Lake, Akram Khan’s award-winning Giselle, the epic pirate adventure Le Corsaire and the Company’s first ever digital season, a series of five original dance films. 

English National Ballet in Manon (c) Laurent Liotardo

Ballet on Demand is part of ENB at Home, English National Ballet’s dedicated video-on-demand platform which gives audiences access to a wide range of ballet content from the stage and beyond, from the comfort of their homes. Launched in November 2020, the platform also features BalletActive, a library of online ballet-based classes from the professionals at English National Ballet, available by subscription. 


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£7.99 for 72hr rental, no subscription required 

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