English National Ballet


Mary Skeaping’s celebrated 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.

A young peasant girl, Giselle, is in love with Albrecht, a Duke who hides his title and his engagement to another. When Giselle discovers he has deceived her, she is driven to madness, and dies of a broken heart. Late at night, the Wilis gather by her grave, ready to welcome her into their fold as the vengeful spirits of betrayed brides, who force men to dance to their death. Will Giselle’s love protect Albrecht from his fate?

From the sunny optimism of Giselle’s idyllic village life to a moonlit world of mystery and menace, Mary Skeaping’s enthralling production features some of ballet’s most dramatic scenes and otherworldly images.

Adolphe Adam’s lush, detailed score, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic sets the scene for an atmospheric and ultimately heartbreaking performance.

Main image credit:
Dancer: Alison McWhinney. Photo: Jason Bell. Creative Direction: Charlotte Wilkinson Studio

Production and Choreography by Mary Skeaping, after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa
Music by Adolphe Adam
Design by David Walker
Lighting by Charles Bristow, recreated by David Mohr

“Brilliant and profoundly satisfying”

The Sunday Express

“Utterly heartbreaking”

The Daily Telegraph

“A pitch-perfect production”

What’s On Stage

“A Giselle to treasure for ever”

The Arts Desk

“Splendidly atmospheric”

Financial Times

“Has the power to hold an audience enthralled and send it home in tears”

The Observer

Running Time
2hrs 15mins

Book for English National Ballet’s Nutcracker and Giselle at the same time and save 15% (not valid on £95 tickets, or in conjunction with any other offer or concessions).

Children under 16 go half-price: up to 2 under-16s per full paying adult.

Note that children under 5 are not allowed in the auditorium.

Schools performances: Thursday 18 January 2.30pm. Please note these performances will welcome school groups.

Multibuy: book for English National Ballet’s Nutcracker and Giselle at the same time and save 15%. Not valid on top price tickets.

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For more information, please contact the London Coliseum on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

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