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Kenneth MacMillan’s full-blooded ballet of love, decadence and passion

English National Ballet is proud to tour Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece outside London for the second time only in over 30 years.

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. Wanting it all will be her downfall.

Aristocrats and beggars, courtesans and harlots fill the stage to take you from a gambling den in 18th-century Paris to a desolate Louisiana swamp, and share with you one of British ballet’s most dramatic stories.

Famous for its expressive choreography and acting demands, Manon features some of the most challenging roles in ballet. Let English National Ballet sweep you up, to the haunting music of Jules Massenet performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

★★★★ "A truly irresistible tragedy... dramatic, thrilling, affecting" - The Daily Telegraph

★★★★ "A real triumph that is sure to captivate" – The Reviews Hub

★★★★ The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Sunday Express

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including 2 intervals.

Age Advice:

Recommended age: 10+

Standard Pricing
Wed - Sat 7.30pm £12 to £49.50
Thu 2pm £12 to £39.50
Sat 2.30pm £12 to £49.50

Discounts are available on the top three prices only, and exclude Thu 2pm and Fri & Sat 7.30pm performances unless otherwise stated.

Executive Members 2 for 1 on opening night.
20% off top four prices on all shows. 
Concessions & Under 26 £5 off each ticket.
Family Offer Up to two under 16s can attend half price with a full paying adult.
Full Time Students £5 off each ticket.
Groups (10+)* £5 off each ticket
Groups (20+)* £8 off each ticket

* Groups bookings are not available online, please call 02380 711811

Click here for further information on concessions, discounts & groups.


Ovation, Mayflower Restaurant


Start your visit in style! Our award winning restaurant on the third floor within the theatre is open for pre-show theatre lunches and dining. Relax, unwind and enjoy classic flavours with a modern twist. Tempted? See our Menus

Hotel, Dinner & Show Packages


Add that extra sparkle to your evening! Indulge in a three course meal in our fantastic restaurant Ovation, a top price show ticket, and a stay at one of Southampton’s premier hotels. Learn More

VIP Box Package


Make it an extra special night and experience VIP treatment with a Package.  Learn more...

VIP Box Package

VIP Box Packages for 4 people include the following:

Personally greeted by a dedicated host on arrival.

A private table will be reserved in one of our bars for you to enjoy pre show.

Bottle of Prosecco or *Champagne on ice at your table.

A selection of canapés served at your table and chef’s handmade chocolates.

Your host will collect and direct you to your seats for the start of the performance.

4 pre ordered ice-creams will be served to your box during the interval.

Our VIP package for 4 people is £90.00 to include VAT or £120.00 if you prefer to enjoy a bottle of *Veuve Cliquot. 
For an additional £50.00 you would be invited to enjoy private hospitality in our Executive Suite pre show (subject to availability).

Call Box Office on 02380 711811 to book your package.

Please note that package price does not include your show ticket.  Bookings are required at least 48 hours before your visit.


Photos by Laurent Liotardo

Dance For Health

Take part in an on-stage dance workshop lead by English National Ballet dance artists, open to all those aged over 55 years. Read more...

Live Drawing Event

Start the morning with an open discussion led by specialist visual artist, Heidi Wigmore, on the nature of live drawing and the different skills required to capture the moving body.

Then enter the auditorium as English National Ballet dancers take their daily ballet class, for a drawing session with a unique viewpoint. Includes professional feedback on the work created.

Read more...

Afternoon Tea

Why not make your visit extra special and share a lovely post-show pot of tea in the bustling environment of our historic Grade II listed theatre? Enjoy delicious traditional treats prepared by our award-winning chefs in Ovation after the show. Learn more...


Wednesday 31 October, 7.30pm

Erina Takahashi

Jeffrey Cirio

Thursday 1 November, 2pm

Emma Hawes

Rupert Pennefather (Guest Artist – previously Principal with The Royal Ballet)

Thursday 1 November, 7.30pm

Alison McWhinney

Francesco Gabriele Frola

Friday 2 November, 7.30pm

Begoña Cao

Aitor Arrieta

Saturday 3 November, 2.30pm

Jurgita Dronina

Isaac Hernández

Saturday 3 November, 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru

Joseph Caley