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Manon Lescaut (2003)

Manon Lescaut (2003)


Théâtre Sans Frontières commissioned North East writer, Steve Larkin, to adapt the original 18th century novel Manon Lescaut for this new French stage production. The company developed a unique rendering of this classic story with 1950's styling and shades of film noir, casting Manon as a femme fatale to rival Lana Turner.

Set in Paris, Manon Lescaut tells the darkly comic tale of the 'innocent hero', des Grieux, and his fascination for the dangerously seductive young woman, Manon. Follow the downward spiral of the student des Grieux as his captivating love for Manon takes him into cardsharping, theft, murder, imprisonment and, ultimately, exile in Louisiana.

Tragedy, farce, commedia dell' arte - all of these combine in this exuberant tale of passion and romance, obsession and treachery.

Directed by John Cobb and performed by an international cast from France, Portugal, Australia and Britain.

Suitable for audiences aged 15 and upwards.


Director: John Cobb

Assistant Director: Sarah Kemp

Designer: Iain Halket

Composer: Allan Tall

Masks: Joff Chafer

Lighting Designer: John Mackenzie

Production Manager: Shona Wright

Technical Stage Manager: Paul Borthwick


Melanie Baxter-Jones: Manon Lescaut

Dominic Burdess: Chevalier des Grieux

Luis Santiago: Father of des Grieux / Lescaut

Alex Pinder: Old M. Géhaime / Tiberge

Asher Lawrence: Young M.Géhaime / Synnelet

Rosa Stourac MacCreery: Marie / Jeanne


Manon Lescaut was created by the Company from a script by Steve Larkin and based on the novel Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by Abbé Prévost. The production toured to 15 venues across the UK in 2003.