Giselle

11 Jan 2017 – 22 Jan 2017

Performances

London Coliseum

11 Jan 2017 – 22 Jan 2017

Box Office: 020 7845 9300

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A classic production of one of the greatest Romantic ballets

Giselle is a haunting story of innocence and betrayal, a timeless tale about the redemptive power of love.

Moving from the sunny optimism of Giselle’s idyllic village life to a moonlit world of mystery and menace, Mary Skeaping’s production of Giselle features some of ballet’s most dramatic scenes and otherworldly images. Adolphe Adam’s score, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic, adds to the lush atmosphere.

★★★★
"Utterly heartbreaking"
The Daily Telegraph

★★★★
"A Giselle to treasure forever"
The Arts Desk

★★★★
"A pitch-perfect production"
What's On Stage

★★★
"Outstanding"
The Times

★★★
"Atmospheric and richly picturesque"
The Guardian

★★★
"Beautiful to watch"
Evening Standard

★★★
"This old favourite crackles with new life"
Time Out

★★★
"Alina Cojocaru is exquisite"
The Stage


English National Ballet will also perform Akram Khan's new version of Giselle September 2017 - read more .

AUDIENCE REACTION

"Truly stunning", "Very romantic", "Just gorgeous" – read what audiences are saying about Giselle here.

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Running Time

2 hours 15 minutes, including 1 interval

Act I
A pleasant valley in Germany

It is the vintage festival, when the villagers gather to drink the new wine. Today, the celebration will be at the cottage of Giselle, a beautiful and innocent peasant girl.

Giselle has fallen in love with Albrecht, Duke of Silesia, who, disguised as a peasant, courts her. Hilarion, a gamekeeper who is in love with Giselle, suspects the true identity of his rival, and soon finds out that Albrecht is not the peasant he claims to be.

Villagers return from the fields to celebrate the grape harvest and join in a dance with Giselle and Albrecht. Giselle’s Mother, Berthe, is worried that Giselle’s passion for dancing may be the death of her delicate daughter, who will then fall under the spell of the Wilis, vengeful spirits of virgin-brides who have been abandoned before their wedding night.

Giselle is amused at her mother’s concern, and continues dancing with her friends, until she is finally crowned Queen of the Vine.

The Prince of Courland and his hunting party stop at the village to taste the wine. One of this party, the Prince’s daughter, Bathilde, is engaged to Duke Albrecht. Hilarion takes this opportunity to reveal the truth about Albrecht’s identity.

Giselle, destroyed by grief at Albrecht’s duplicity, loses her mind and dies.

Act II
A forest on the banks of a lake. A cross marking the place of Giselle’s grave stands underneath the trees.

This is the supernatural world of the Wilis. Attired in their bridal dresses, they dance in the moonlight and lure young men to dance until they fall dead of exhaustion.

Separately, Hilarion and Albrecht visit Giselle’s grave, mourning her tragic death. Hilarion is caught by the vengeful spirits and Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, condemns him to dance until he dies. Albrecht faces a similar fate, but Giselle’s love and forgiveness protect him through the night.

The Queen of the Wilis tries to get Albrecht away from the cross on Giselle’s grave which is helping to protect him, but her magic Myrtle branch breaks. She makes a desperate effort to maintain her control by commanding the Wilis to attack the cross, but its power is too great.

She commands Giselle to come away from the cross, knowing Albrecht will follow her. However, as dawn breaks over the forest Queen Myrtha loses her power and the Wilis are forced back into their graves.

After a final farewell, Giselle and Albrecht are parted forever.

Production and Choreography: Mary Skeaping
Music: Adolphe Adam
Original Choreography: Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, revised by Marius Petipa
Design: David Walker
Lighting: David Mohr

DISCOUNTS FOR GISELLE AT THE LONDON COLISEUM

Only one discount per ticket. Subject to availability.

Available on all performances and all price bands unless stated otherwise.

ENB FRIENDS20% off dress and upper circle seats, max. 6 per person. Call Box Office to book.

MULTIBUY DISCOUNTS
Book for Nutcracker and Giselle (at the London Coliseum) at the same time and save 20%.

GROUPS: 10+
Save 30% per ticket. Valid Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays (all performances) and Friday matinees. (Not valid on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays). Call Box Office to book.
Accelerator rate: save 35% per ticket if booked by 31 July.

STUDENTS / SENIOR CITIZENS / WESTMINSTER RESCARD / REGISTERED UNEMPLOYED
£5 off each ticket.

UNDER 30’S
Two-for-one on top-price tickets (normally £79 per ticket). Call Box Office to book. Tickets will be held for collection.

CHILDREN
Up to two children (under 16) can attend half price with every full paying adult. Children under 5 are not allowed in the auditorium.

SCHOOLS MATINEES
Thu 12 Jan, 2.30pm
£8 per pupil + 1 free teacher ticket per ten students. Available on selected areas only. For all other performances, the Groups rate and conditions apply.

WHEELCHAIR RATE £19/£9.50

Casting is subject to change. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible via our website and social media.

Wednesday 11 January, 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Giselle

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Albrecht

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Hilarion

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Myrtha

Thursday 12 January, 2.30pm

Alison McWhinney Soloist Giselle

Yonah Acosta Principal Albrecht

Daniel Kraus Junior Soloist Hilarion

Jung ah Choi Artist of the Company Myrtha

Thursday 12 January, 7.30pm

Jurgita Dronina Guest Artist Giselle

Alejandro Virelles Principal Albrecht

James Streeter Soloist Hilarion

Isabelle Brouwers Artist of the Company Myrtha

Friday 13 January, 7.30pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Giselle

Xander Parish Guest Artist Albrecht

Fabian Reimair First Soloist Hilarion

Michaela DePrince Guest Artist Myrtha

Saturday 14 January, 2.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Giselle

Xander Parish Guest Artist Albrecht

James Streeter Soloist Hilarion

Alison McWhinney Soloist Myrtha

Saturday 14 January, 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Giselle

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Albrecht

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Hilarion

Michaela DePrince Guest Artist Myrtha

Sunday 15 January, 2.30pm

Alison McWhinney Soloist Giselle

Yonah Acosta Principal Albrecht

Daniel Kraus Junior Soloist Hilarion

Isabelle Brouwers Artist of the Company Myrtha

Tuesday 17 January, 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Giselle

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Albrecht

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Hilarion

Michaela DePrince Guest Artist Myrtha

Wednesday 18 January, 7.30pm

Elisa Badenes Guest Artist Giselle

Cesar Corrales First Soloist Albrecht

Fabian Reimair First Soloist Hilarion

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Myrtha

Thursday 19 January, 2.30pm

Alison McWhinney Soloist Giselle

Ken Saruhashi Junior Soloist Albrecht

Daniel Kraus Junior Soloist Hilarion

Jung ah Choi Artist of the Company Myrtha

Thursday 19 January, 7.30pm

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Giselle

Xander Parish Guest Artist Albrecht

Fabian Reimair First Soloist Hilarion

Isabelle Brouwers Artist of the Company Myrtha

Friday 20 January, 7.30pm

Alina Cojocaru Lead Principal Giselle

Isaac Hernández Lead Principal Albrecht

Fernando Bufalá Soloist Hilarion

Michaela DePrince Guest Artist Myrtha

Saturday 21 January, 2.30pm

Jurgita Dronina Guest Artist Giselle

Alejandro Virelles Principal Albrecht

James Streeter Soloist Hilarion

Isabelle Brouwers Artist of the Company Myrtha

Saturday 21 January, 7.30pm

Tamara Rojo Lead Principal Giselle

Xander Parish Guest Artist Albrecht

James Streeter Soloist Hilarion

Laurretta Summerscales Principal Myrtha

Sunday 22 January, 2.30pm

Elisa Badenes Guest Artist Giselle

Cesar Corrales First Soloist Albrecht

Fabian Reimair First Soloist Hilarion

Alison McWhinney Soloist Myrtha

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