That’s a lot for a narrative ballet that doesn’t possess a Tchaikovsky score! But it is the casting that astounds – just everyone wants to take a shot at the doomed couple. The Manons with their respective Des Grieuxs are:
Laura Morera & Federico Bonelli
Tamara Rojo & Carlos Acosta
Alina Cojocaru & Johan Kobborg
Mara Galeazzi & David Makhateli
Roberta Marquez & Steven McRae
Leanne Benjamin & Steven McRae (who seems to have replaced Edward Watson)
Sarah Lamb & Rupert Pennefather
Marianela Nuñez & Nehemiah Kish
Sarah Lamb, Rupert Pennefather, Marianela Nuñez, Nehemiah Kish and Steven McRae are all newcomers to MacMillan’s ballet.
On the right are four Manons and partners:
from top Alina Cojocaru & Johan Kobborg, Roberta Marquez with Ivan Putrov (in these performances Marquez will dance with Steven McRae, his début in the role), Mara Galeazzi & David Makhateli, and Tamara Rojo & Carlos Acosta.
Performances run from April 21 to June 4 at the Royal Opera House