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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

The Pantheon in Nicosia is staying true to its promise to bring some very diverse cinema experiences. From recorded concerts, to films from the European cinema to ballets, the cinema has brought the capital a kind of cinema experience that it lacked.

This week the experience will continue on Saturday with a screening of the ballet The Manon from the Royal Opera House. Manon loves romance almost as much as she loves diamonds. She meets and falls in love with the handsome young student Des Grieux and they elope to Paris. But when the wealthy Monsieur GM asks Manon to be his mistress she is torn between a life with Des Grieux and one of luxury.

The ballet, which is choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, is inspired by the 18th century French novel by Abbe Prevost that was banned when it first came out in 1731. Manon’s story has since inspired numerous adaptations, including operas by Massenet and Puccini and a film by Henri-Georges Clouzot.

Screening of the ballet as performed at the Royal Opera House. June 23. Pantheon, 29 Diagoras Street, Nicosia. 5pm-7pm. €10. Tel: 22-675787

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