Giselle - Royal Opera House

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Venue Information
Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House
Bow Street

Seating Plan


(3 mins) The Opera House is off Covent Garden piazza, which is visible from the tube station exit. There is a revolving door entrance at the piazza.


There are many well known names and titles associated with the world of ballet and one of the best known is Giselle, which once again returns to the Royal Opera House as part of the Royal Ballet.  Working from the classic choreography of Marius Petipa and the music of Adolphe Adam some talented ballerinas will take to the stage in the title role, and as the betrayer Duke Albrecht. But audiences would not expect less from a production that was first put together in 1841 and has since ensured that its legacy is sealed – despite ups and downs over the centuries – to become one of the best known ballets in the world. It is no wonder that audiences continue to pick up ballet tickets to witness the acclaimed “Giselle”.

The title character is madly in love with the dashing Duke Albrecht at the beginning of “Giselle” and all seems to be pleasant as they live together peacefully in a village. But everything falls apart when Albrecht betrays Giselle and proves that good things come to an end. She has placed her trust in the man and the shocking turn of events causes her to make a desperate decision – taking her own life. We continue to follow her plight in the afterlife, where she meets with other heartbroken souls striving for revenge. Back on Earth Albrecht regrets his actions and one night as he visits her grave he is visited by the spirits that have condemned him to death – with Giselle as one of them, torn between vengeance and protecting the man she still loves.

This production of “Giselle” is conducted by a great team in the form of Koen Kessels and Barry Wordsworth as the performers take to the stage in front of a beautiful and spectacular set. So whilst the show has been seen on many occasions since its 1841 premiere in Paris, it will be a stand-out show and one that is unlikely to disappoint the fans of this acclaimed ballet.

And it all comes to the Royal Opera House as part of the Royal Ballet’s 2011 season, which also sees the return of “Swan Lake” to its stage alongside “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. It will ensure that audiences will be eagerly making their way to the venue in the New Year.

Giselle is at the Royal Opera House from Tuesday 11th January 2011 to Saturday 19th February 2011.

Show Information
Booking From: Tuesday, 11th January 2011
Booking Until: Saturday, 19th February 2011
Matinees: Saturday 12.30pm, 1pm
Evenings: Monday to Thursday 7.30pm
Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Show Status: production_closed
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