Lyric Theatre, QPAC

#Sir Kenneth Macmillan's Manon - Seduction, ambition, and greed, conquered by love.


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


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 Sir 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 Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s version of Manon – don’t miss it!  

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. Please see the Queensland Ballet website for selected performance dates.

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

  • Thursday 29th September - 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 4th October - 6.30pm
  • Thursday 6th October - 1.30pm 
“Five stars.... touching greatness, three times over" - The Guardian (The Royal Ballet 2018)


Read more about the production creatives.

Sir Kenneth MacMillan

Sir Kenneth MacMillan


Martin Yates

Martin Yates

Music Arrangement

Nigel Gaynor

Nigel Gaynor



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2 hours and 40 minutes, including two 20-minute intervals


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Post Show Q&A

Q&A Post show panel discussion with creatives and dancers. These will be held on Tuesday 4th October after the 6.30pm show, and Saturday 8th October after the 1.30pm show.

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Audio Described Performance

This performance will be held on Saturday 8th October at 1.30pm.