Queensland Ballet Manon

28 September - 8 October
Lyric Theatre, QPAC
2 hours 40 minutes
(including interval, subject to change without notice)
$60 - $192
A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

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Concession, Youth, Child, Family, Groups, Schools

Seduction, ambition, and greed, conquered by love

Journey from decadent 18th century Paris to sultry New Orleans with this blockbuster classical ballet about possession, desire, and the allure of wealth.

Regarded as one of Kenneth MacMillan’s most iconic works, Manon is a quintessential romantic tragedy, following the tale of a young French peasant girl conflicted by love and a yearning to be free from poverty.

It’s 1700s Paris and the beautiful Manon is on her way to enter a convent, when the old and wealthy Monsieur GM makes an intriguing offer for her hand to her brother Lescaut. Left outside while the arrangement is finalised, Manon meets and falls in love with the handsome Des Grieux and they flee Paris.

Later found and tempted by Monsieur GM’s extravagant wealth, she leaves with him as his courtesan, however all is not lost in this compelling love story, as Des Grieux will appear again…

From seduction, ambition, and greed to the persuasive power of love, this sumptuous story has been captivating audiences for more than two centuries.

Queensland Ballet is one of only a handful of ballet companies across the world with permission to perform Kenneth MacMillan’s version of Manon – don’t miss it!

Attendance Information


This production is intended for mature audiences. It contains adult themes and sexually explicit content that some may find confronting.

Presented by Queensland Ballet

Special Events

See Li Cunxin AO and Mary Li

  • Thu 29 Sep, 7:30 PM
  • Tue 4 Oct, 6:30 PM
  • Thu 6 Oct, 1:30 PM

To celebrate his decade of artistic directorship, Li Cunxin AO returns to the stage alongside his wife, former dancer and celebrated author, Mary Li, for selected performances of Manon.

Auslan Interpreted Post Performance Q&A

  • Sat 8 Oct, 1:30 PM

A post show Q&A panel discussion with creatives and dancers will be held on Saturday 8th October after the 1.30pm show. This session will be AUSLAN interpreted.


Audio Described

  • Sat 8 Oct, 1:30 PM

Trained Audio Describers provide a commentary with concise descriptions of actions, expressions and gestures to compliment the theatre experience for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Please contact QPAC Group Sales (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm) on (07) 3840 7466 or groups@qpac.com.au for more information and bookings.

Five stars... touching greatness, three times over.
The Guardian (The Royal Ballet 2018)


Choreography Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Staged by Julie Lincoln
Assistant stager Robert Tewsley
Music Jules Massenet
Music Arranged by Martin Yates
Conductor Nigel Gaynor
Set and Costume Designer Peter Farmer
Lighting Designer Jacopo Pantani
Music performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Sets and Costumes courtesy of The Australian Ballet

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