Image: Artists of the Company in Akram Khan's Giselle © Laurent Liotardo

In just over a week’s time Akram Khan’s Giselle heads to Liverpool for the first time, following its smash-hit revival in London last month, and critically acclaimed 2016 tour.

If you have yet to experience this “staggeringly beautiful and utterly devastating” (The Daily Express) production, then consider making a trip to Liverpool – it’s the last chance to see this stunning reimagining in the UK this season. With performances during half term (from 25 – 28 October), you can make a day or weekend of it. We’ve even compiled a list of cultural highlights to help you explore the city:

Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Akram Khan’s Giselle © Laurent Liotardo

1. Tate Liverpool

A visit to this landmark art gallery is a must. Home to British art from 1500 to present day, there is plenty to see, including works by modern masters Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein and Pablo Picasso. There’s also a special exhibition for Black History Month on now. Free entry. Open daily from 10am – 6pm.

2. Museum of Liverpool

Discover the history of this vibrant port city with this newly-built museum located on Liverpool’s famous waterfront. Free entry. Open daily from 10am-5pm.

3. The Beatles Story

No visit to Liverpool is complete without visiting this award-winning museum and the world’s largest permanent exhibition devoted entirely to The Beatles, who hail from and got their start in the city’s diverse music scene. Tickets from £12. The Albert Dock location’s summer hours are 9am – 7pm (last entry at 6pm) and the Pier Head location’s summer hours are 10am – 6pm (last entry at 5pm).

4. Cavern Club

From the first ever performance by The Beatles in 1961, the Cavern Club is a legendary music venue in the beating heart of Liverpool. For opening times, prices and what’s on visit cavernclub.org.

Video:English National Ballet in Akram Khan's Giselle © Laurent Liotardo

5. Merseyside Maritime Museum

Located in the Albert Dock, this museum chronicles the social and commercial history of Liverpool’s busy port and sea life. Check out the latest exhibition Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story. Free entry. Open daily from 10am – 5pm.

There are frequent trains from London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street, with a quick journey of above 2 hours 30 minutes. Evening trains back to London finish quite early though, so you could even take in the cultural sights for longer with an overnight stay.

Stina Quagebeur and Cesar Corrales in Akram Khan's Giselle © Laurent Liotardo
I love Liverpool. I love the art scene there, I love the museums, I love the music. It’s a really lively and creative town. It has all the right things to be a centre of art and culture, so of course we love cities like that.
Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet

We can’t wait to bring Akram Khan’s Giselle to Liverpool, and hope those who missed the sold-out performances in London (and elsewhere) can join us too. Book your tickets.

Video:Tamara Rojo in Akram Khan's Giselle (C) Laurent Liotardo

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