A firm favorite in The Royal Ballet repertory, Manon depicts the powerful and obsessive love between Des Grieux (Vadim Muntagirov) and Manon (Sarah Lamb), who, when first they meet, is being sold to the highest bidder by her brother Lescaut (Ryoichi Hirano). Des Grieux and Manon elope to Paris, but she is seduced by Monsieur G.M. (Gary Avis) who entices her to leave her lover for a life of luxury as a kept woman. The ballet, recorded live in 2018, was choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, who took inspiration from the bestselling novel by the 18th-century writer Abbé Prévost. MacMillan perfectly captures Manon’s conflict between her love for Des Grieux and her thirst for luxury, using the whole Company to create a complex portrait of Parisian high life and the squalor of a New Orleans penal colony. The ballet’s score is made up of music by Massenet, including his famous Elégie as the theme for the lovers. Please note that Manon contains scenes of an adult nature, including sexual violence.