First produced in 1841 at the Paris Opera, Giselle is perhaps the best known and most poignant ballet of the Romantic era. Set in a medieval Rhineland village, it tells of Giselle, a naive peasant girl, who is driven to suicide when deceived by her aristocratic lover, Albrecht. Filled with remorse, Albrecht visits her moonlit grave where he is condemned to death by ghostly spirits - the Wilis. However Giselle's love for Albrecht transcends death and she protects him until sunrise destroys the Wilis power and he is saved. Revival Supported (2004) by The Friends of Covent Garden.


Lauren Cuthbertson, Viacheslav Samodurov, Edward Watson, Leanne Benjamin, Ivan Putrov, Mara Galeazzi, Rupert Pennefather, Tamara Rojo, Thiago Soares, Roberta Marquez, Johan Kobborg, Leanne Benjamin, Carlos Acosta, Marianela Nunez


Music(s): Adolphe Adam, Adolphe Adam, Joseph Horowitz (revision)
Producer: Royal Ballet
Conductor: Boris Gruzin
Choreographer(s): Marius Petipa (after [Jean Coralli] and [Jules Perrot]), Peter Wright (this production)
Other(s): Theophile Gautier (scenario - after [Heinrich Heine]), Christopher Carr (staging)
Design: John Macfarlane)
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020, restrictions were lifted on 19th July 2021. Please note that iUKTDb archive listings between March 2020 and July 2021 may not be accurate as we did not receive details of all rescheduled and cancelled shows.


Giselle (Dance or ballet) production archive for QTIX code T01204173469. Details of all Giselle archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S702

Archive Listings

6 Apr 09
16 May 09
Royal Opera House
West End
Greater London

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