Manon Lescaut


By Puccini
Wed 1 - Fri 3 May 2024
Tickets £25-£45*

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Manon Lescaut is a devastating depiction of a woman wrestling with her desire for love on her own terms, and the rigid double standards imposed on her by society. The opera was a breakthrough hit for its composer, Giacomo Puccini, packed with memorable music and heartbreaking drama.

Jude Christian, fresh from a critically acclaimed Titus Andronicus at London’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, brings incisive direction and a sharp, poetic new translation to her radical new production, while ETO Music Director Gerry Cornelius conducts.

Check out our interview with Amy J. Payne and The Rake's Progress cast member Edward Hawkins here

Photography by Richard Hubert Smith.

Pre-show talks (booking essential on 01223 503333)
Join members of the ETO creative team for a pre-show talk where they will share insights into this new production of Manon Lescaut.

Hear from ETO's Spring 2024 company about bringing their upcoming tour to life – find out more about English Touring Opera, this season’s creative process, what you can expect from the evening’s performance. Bring along your questions – there will also be a short Q&A to conclude the talk!
Running Time

Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes including an interval

General Guidance

Performed in English with English Surtitles


Wednesday 1 & Friday 3, 7.30pm:

*All ticket prices inclue a £3 per ticket booking fee.

Assisted Performances:

Audio Described performance: Friday 3 May, 7:30pm

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  • Man and women sit in blue light
  • woman with blue hair and military man sit on a pink chair
  • Cast of Manon Lescaut in costume with blue set
  • Blue haired woman surrounded by quirky cast of characters
  • Cast of Manon Lescaut on stage
  • Blue haired woman wearing yellow sits wit man wearing all yellow
  • Cast of Manon Lescaut on stage
  • Blue haired woman stands at podium in classroom while other characters dressed in different colours look on
  • Cast of Manon Lescaut on stage


Manon Lescaut Official Trailer

Manon Lescaut

  • 'The chorus were in fine lusty voice, and the orchestra under Gerry Cornelius caught the way Puccini’s immortal score flips on a sixpence from tenderness to uproarious energy'

  • 'Stafford [Manon] has a lovely gleam to her voice, giving heart and muscle to her arias'

  • 'Jude Christian’s staging for English Touring Opera is colourful and imaginative'

  • 'Brave and challenging, English Touring Opera continues to bring exceptional and ground-breaking productions'

  • 'Their sound and virtuosity did the composer proud.'