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Press Release: English National Ballet's Manon - National Tour

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English National Ballet
Manon
National Tour 
17 October 2018 - 20 January 2019
www.ballet.org.uk/manon

Continuing its commitment to UK touring and presenting world-class ballet to the widest possible audience, Autumn 2018 sees English National Ballet present Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon outside of London for only the second time in 30 years.

English National Ballet will present Manon in 
Manchester (17-20 October), Milton Keynes (24-27 October) and Southampton (31 October–03 November) followed by performances at the London Coliseum (16-20 January 2019).

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English National Ballet, Manon. Dancers: Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernández © Jason Bell. Art Direction and Design Charlotte Wilkinson Studio.

 

Famous for its expressive choreography and dramatic challenge, Manon features some of the most demanding and fulfilling roles in ballet. Manon is accompanied by Jules Massenet’s haunting music performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

 

The young and naïve Manon 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 audiences are taken from a gambling den in 18th-century Paris to a desolate Louisiana swamp in this, one of British ballet’s most dramatic stories. 

 

Alongside Manon, English National Ballet also presents Swan Lake as part of its Autumn Tour. Further details can be found at www.ballet.org.uk

Notes to Editors

Listings information for Manon

 

Manon
Manchester Opera House
Wednesday 17 October – Saturday 20 October 2018
Box Office: 0844 871 3018 or www.ballet.org.uk/manon

 

Manon
Milton Keynes Theatre
Wednesday 24 October – Saturday 27 October 2018
Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or www.ballet.org.uk/manon

 

Manon
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Wednesday 31 October – Saturday 03 November 2018
Box Office: 02380 711811 or www.ballet.org.uk/manon

 

Manon
London Coliseum
Wednesday 16 January – Sunday 20 January 2019
Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk/manon

 

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Any idea when casting will be announced for Manchester, Janet?

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ENB usually announce quite early but no I have no idea.  Sadly, because of other commitments, I can only go on the Saturday night or i would have been there all week!!

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I think that we can anticipate that the Manons will be Cojocaru, Rojo, Takahashi, Dronina, Cao and, perhaps, Kase. They will be very different from one another but all will be excellent in their own way.

The casting might not issue as soon as we would like as the Lest We Forget Programme at Sadlers Wells precedes the Manon tour.

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3 hours ago, capybara said:

I think that we can anticipate that the Manons will be Cojocaru, Rojo, Takahashi, Dronina, Cao and, perhaps, Kase. They will be very different from one another but all will be excellent in their own way.

 

Well, we know from previous experience that 3 of them are.  I did wonder whether Kase might get Lescaut's Mistress, though - after all, there are 4 major roles in this ballet, and I'm not sure how many dancers will be dancing those.

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2 minutes ago, RHowarth said:

Wow! Wish I hadn't booked the day they went on-sale...

 

Not that I don't like a bargain but it is so sad.  When ENB did it last time around I was at the first night in Manchester, which was the ATG half price night, and even then it was less than half full.

 

I think the company are really brave in trying to bring something different to the provinces but for how much longer will they be able to do this.

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2 minutes ago, Jan McNulty said:

 

I think the company are really brave in trying to bring something different to the provinces but for how much longer will they be able to do this.

For the La Sylphide/Song of the Earth double bill in the autumn, I had a ticket for the upper circle and was moved to the middle of the sixth row of the dress circle. As you say, great for me - I love a bargain - but not good for the company. 

 

To be honest, it's cheaper and almost quick for me to go to London on an advanced fare than it is to get to Manchester (the Transpennine Express being so slow). I see ENB in Manchester to try and make sure they keep going there! 

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3 minutes ago, RHowarth said:

 

To be honest, it's cheaper and almost quick for me to go to London on an advanced fare than it is to get to Manchester (the Transpennine Express being so slow). I see ENB in Manchester to try and make sure they keep going there! 

 

It's not cheaper for me to go to London, being so much closer to Manchester than you but as you say, I keep going there to see them in the hopes that they keep coming (and also to see you if we coincide!!).

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We will coincide, Janet, as I will be there on the Saturday night (as well as Sat afternoon and Friday night). As you know, I have free bed and board in Manchester - so I'm not being quite as altruistic as I make out in choosing Manchester over London!  

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I saw Manon twice last time in Manchester my original booking was cast with Takahashi who was good but I managed to get Klimentova and Vogel after casting was announced and they just blew me away. This version is so much better than RB thanks to its pared back sets. Hoping for good casting then I'll book Manchester. 

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On 09/08/2018 at 20:31, Jan McNulty said:

ENB usually announce quite early but no I have no idea.  Sadly, because of other commitments, I can only go on the Saturday night or i would have been there all week!!

I only go to Manchester matinees, since last train home, 7:30. I hadnt realised how poorly it has been supported, so as stated, most important for us all to buy tickets. Dont really care who is performing, all are good, still looking forward to casting. Pretty miserably that the last train to Carlisleleaves 7:30 when I can get the Caledonian sleeper from Euston leaving just before midnight.

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I'm quite surprised, TBH that ENB are touring Manon again.  When it toured some years ago it absolutely bombed (goodness only knows why).  So much so (it was an Autumn tour in the days when the company used to do Spring & Autumn UK tours) that dates for the following Spring were cancelled before the tickets even went on sale.

 

In my, sad, experience audiences in the North are not hugely adventurous and if it is something that is not one of the Tchaikowsky big 3, Coppelia or Romeo and Juliet  or a Russian company then it is not likely to sell well.

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I seem to recall Janet that one matinee performance of Manon in (I think) Manchester was cancelled by ENB the last time - under the previous Director - due to lack of audience.  I must confess I was surprised that they were doing Manon as - if memory served - it did not sell that particularly well for them in London as well.  Perhaps that will have changed now.  I very much hope so as the Company is in such fine fettle.  Time - as it always does - will tell.  

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