25 January 2024, The Tablet

Dance to the death

Soaring tribute to Kenneth MacMillan

Dance to the death

Francesca Hayward as a seductive Manon.
photo: Foteini Christofilopoulou


To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, Manon returned to Covent Garden (to 8 March; live in cinemas nationwide from 7 February) with a rendition by the Royal Ballet that would have made the legendary choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan – who adapted it from Abbé Prévost’s novel L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut – proud.

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