BALLET’S MOST BEAUTIFUL GHOST STORY: LOVE CONQUERS ALL IN THE ROYAL BALLET’S GISELLE Friday 26 February – 15 April, Live Cinema Relay Wednesday 6 April at 7.15pm

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Friday 26 February – 15 April

Live Cinema Relay Wednesday 6 April at 7.15pm

The most famous ballet of the Romantic era and a signature work in The Royal Ballet’s repertory, Peter Wright’s hallmark production of Giselle returns to the Royal Opera House.

The role of Giselle is one coveted by dancers the world over and is renowned for being both technically and dramatically challenging. Making their debuts as Giselle are First Soloist Akane Takada and Guest Artist Iana Salenko. Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Vadim Muntagirov, and First Soloist Ryoichi Hirano make their debuts as Count Albrecht.

Giselle is set in a medieval Rhineland village and tells the story of a gentle peasant girl who is driven to her death when deceived by her aristocratic lover Count Albrecht. Filled with remorse, Albrecht visits her moonlit grave where he is condemned to death by the vengeful Wilis, ghosts of young women who died before their wedding day. However, Giselle’s love transcends death and she saves her lover from his fate.

In this acclaimed production by Peter Wright, who turns 90 this year, the real and supernatural aspects of the ballet are perfectly conceived: the first act dramatized in rich, naturalistic detail and the second with a spectral, moonlit beauty.


Draft Works in the Clore: Reimagining Giselle

Pre-show performances in the Clore Studio Upstairs

1, 9, 15 April at 6.30pm


In this version of Draft Works, The Royal Ballet has invited Canadian choreographer Joshua Beamish to reimagine Giselle in his own choreographic language. Taking place in the Royal Opera House Clore Studio Upstairs prior to three performances of Peter Wright’s full-length production, Reimagining Giselle will be presented without costumes and lighting and is an opportunity to see new work and Royal Ballet dancers in an intimate setting in draft form.


26 February at 7.30pm / 27 February at 7.00pm / 17 March at 2.30pm & 7.30pm / 19 March at 12.30pm / 22, 23, 29, 31 March at 7.30pm / 28 March at 2.00pm & 7.00pm / 1, 6*, 9, 15 April at 7.30pm / 2 April at 7.00pm

*Live cinema relay


Generous philanthropic support from the Paul Ferguson Memorial Fund, Peter Lloyd and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

Choreography                                                 Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot

Music                                                               Adolphe Adam revised by Joseph Horovitz

Scenario                                                          Théophile Gautier after Heinrich Heine

Production and additional choreography       Peter Wright

Designer                                                          John Macfarlane

Original lighting                                             Jennifer Tipton

Lighting recreated by                                     David Finn


Orchestra of the Royal Opera House


26 Feb / 17 Mar / 29 Mar                              Natalia Osipova, Matthew Golding*

27 Feb / 19 Mar (mat)                                     Iana Salenko*, Steven McRae

17 Mar (mat) / 23 Mar / 2 Apr                       Lauren Cuthbertson, Federico Bonelli

22 Mar / 31 Mar / 6 Apr                                Marianela Nuñez, Vadim Muntagirov*

28 Mar (mat) / 9 Apr                                      Akane Takada*, Thiago Soares

28 Mar                                                            Sarah Lamb, Ryoichi Hirano*

1 Apr / 15 Apr                                                 Laura Morera, Nehemiah Kish

*Role debut

Live cinema relay, Wednesday 6 April

Giselle pre-performance talks

23, 29 March at 6.30pm


Clore Studio Upstairs

A fascinating introduction to the production before curtain up.


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