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Your Reaction: What did you think of Giselle 2018?

Audience responses to The Royal Ballet's romantic classic.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

20 January 2018 at 5.28pm | 55 Comments

Press reviews:
Times (£) ★★★★★
Broadway World ★★★★★
Evening Standard ★★★★
Arts Desk ★★★★

What did you think of Giselle?
Share your thoughts via the comments below.

Giselle runs until 9 March 2018. Tickets are sold out, although will be made available each week via Friday Rush.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Simon and Virginia Robertson and The Patrons of Covent Garden.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

20 January 2018 at 5.28pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Peter Wright, giselle, Production, review, your reaction

This article has 55 comments

  1. Amanda Kayser responded on 20 January 2018 at 7:30pm Reply

    Giselle rehearsal yesterday. I was in the audience yesterday for the dress rehearsal with Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell and Claire Calvert .... it was wonderful. I was hoping for that cast and I loved every minute!

  2. Alice responded on 21 January 2018 at 12:09am Reply

    Takada and Ella are just exquisite together. Tonight’s performance was perfect.

  3. Tracy Dale responded on 21 January 2018 at 12:33am Reply

    A spellbinding performance of Giselle with a heart rendering final act. The cast and orchestra were magnificent. Thank you so much!

  4. Anne Hart responded on 21 January 2018 at 11:53am Reply

    This ballet is so beautiful, my favourite, in fact, and that is saying something when there are so many other gorgeous ballets. Congratulations ROH.

  5. Edward Arckless responded on 21 January 2018 at 1:27pm Reply

    Thank you for giveing us this wonderfull ballet to us all. Edward Arckless

  6. Karenb responded on 21 January 2018 at 4:23pm Reply

    I was lucky enough to go to the rehearsal and saw a great cast too. Anyone going on 9th Feb you are in for a treat. Hayward/Campbell both fantastic, I love this partnership, and Clare Calvert as Myrthe was icy cool. Will try to get a ticket to see them again. Enjoy.

  7. Sue vale responded on 21 January 2018 at 9:03pm Reply

    Truly beautiful
    Quite exceptional
    Thank you

  8. Patricia Brattle responded on 21 January 2018 at 10:57pm Reply

    Very envious! Is there any chance of a live screening sometime soon? That would be really wonderful!

  9. Simon Smith responded on 22 January 2018 at 8:16am Reply

    Wouldn't it be fabulous and absolutely fitting if the BBC would broadcast Marianela's Giselle performance on 1 February and the post performance festivities? The celebration of 20 years of Marianela with the Royal Ballet, at the height of her artistry, and 'the best ballerina In Britain' is surely one of those special occasions that should be broadcast. The ROH and BBC are partners - please would Alex Beard and Tony Hall make it happen?

    • Sílvia Torres responded on 24 January 2018 at 8:09pm

      Completely agreed. The best ballerina in Britain and, perhaps, the world? She deserves the recognition of Prima Ballerina. I see in her Fonteyn qualities, she seems to be getting even better with age... Don't disapoint your fans, ROH!

  10. Stuart Dixon responded on 22 January 2018 at 11:13am Reply

    Totally agree with Simon Smith. You regularly stream insights to your Youtube channel why not the post performance celebrations. Nela should be treasured and her achievements remembered. Come on KOH.

  11. penelope simpson responded on 22 January 2018 at 12:49pm Reply

    Who is Nela? Should we not use artistes names rather than implying a familiarity?

    • elleG responded on 22 January 2018 at 1:06pm

      I agree. The convention in print is, surely, to use a dancer's forename and family name or his/her surname only. I also have some concerns about commenting on rehearsals here. I feel that, however much a rehearsal has excited us, we should wait until after a performance to express our views.

  12. francois responded on 22 January 2018 at 2:23pm Reply

    Amazing performance last Friday night! The corps de ballet was just fabulous, with amazingly beautiful arms in Act 2, as well as perfect synchronization. It was absolutely outstanding, congratulations to the whole company!!! Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli were fantastic, moving, with excellent dancing and also thrilling theatrical charisma. Bravo also to the orchestra and Koen Kessels, who gave a beautiful and very personal interpretation of this masterpiece. Globally Friday night was a 5-star performance, really outstanding!

  13. Rachel Beaver responded on 22 January 2018 at 3:03pm Reply

    Please can we have the castings for Myrtha and Hilarion listed?

  14. Joan responded on 22 January 2018 at 5:35pm Reply

    Reviews and comments are amazing. Can't wait to see Nunez on Feb 1st (hopefully with Muntagirov; any news on how Vadim is progressing?) Also I agree with comments above about screening/live streaming Nunez' tribute performance. The BBC are supposed to be partners with the ROH but there has been virtually no tv screenings of Royal Ballet performances and this would be an amazing one to screen. Even if we have to wait to Christmas to see it, it will be worth the wait. Failing this, could the ROH stream the tributes to Marianella? I know I'm lucky enough to have a ticket to be there but thousands of her admirers all round the world would love to see this.

  15. Thoroughly enjoyed Giselle on Saturday evening - a wonderful debut in a principal role by Benjamin Ella.
    But what happened to Albrecht's entrechats in Act II?

  16. Markku af Heurin responded on 26 January 2018 at 10:51am Reply

    Just amasing and withdrawing experinece. I had the privilege of folloming the perfromance in the front row 2 m from the conductor. Disd not know wheterh to follow the ballet or the orchestra.

  17. Richard Ashe responded on 27 January 2018 at 9:27pm Reply

    We attended the performance on Jan 20th. It was stunning, the peak of perfection. Act II was just amazing, the most wonderful ballet we have ever watched. Well done to all on stage, the orchestra and everyone backstage.

  18. Hugh Axton responded on 28 January 2018 at 9:42pm Reply

    It is just astonishing that the special celebration of Marianela's 20 years with the Royal Ballet with the celebrations at the end of the performance is not receiving a live streaming in the cinemas so that all her fans around the world could have the opportunity of seeing this unique occasion. What a pity.

  19. Marilyn weston responded on 1 February 2018 at 11:17pm Reply

    Just come back from a wonderful evening nunez and vadim in giselle flowers speeches and peter wright on the stage and monica madon what more can you ask for delightful

  20. Marilyn weston responded on 1 February 2018 at 11:19pm Reply

    Meant monica mason

  21. Simon Smith responded on 2 February 2018 at 6:41pm Reply

    Fabulous Giselle marking Marianela's 20th anniversary with the Royal Ballet. I saw there were cameras for the curtain call and on stage during the celebrations. Are there any plans to put some of the footage together-in the web - I'm sure it would be hugely welcomed by many thousands.

  22. Tim responded on 2 February 2018 at 7:37pm Reply

    We have just attended the School's Matinee...enthralling.Francesca Hayward so precise and entrancing. Congratulations to Alexander Campbell on his debut in the role. All our students adored it. Thank you so much to the Taylor Family Foundation and everyone at the ROH for such an enriching day.

  23. Marina Phillips responded on 2 February 2018 at 10:53pm Reply

    La Divina Marianela! Yesterday was her 20 year Anniversary at ROH and flowers were falling in a cascade. It was a magical evening!

  24. Marina Phillips responded on 2 February 2018 at 10:56pm Reply

    I was at the after show party in honour of Marianela. That was wonderful!

  25. elleG responded on 4 February 2018 at 1:51pm Reply

    The celebration to mark Marianela Nunez's 20 years with the Royal Ballet was very special. The performance of Giselle drew one's breath away. Everyone on stage seemed to be giving it their all and, as for the two leads: what can one say! Their beautiful dancing and their artistry is up there with the very greats of the past and right on the top of the ballet world of the present. The ceremony at the end was perfectly judged, beginning with Vadim presenting a bouquet to Marianela and continuing with a lovely speech from Kevin O'Hare. A huge 'well done' to everyone involved. It was a privilege to be there.

  26. Mary responded on 5 February 2018 at 11:01pm Reply

    Just got home from Giselle with Akane Takada and Benjamin Ella. It was glorious there was genuine rapport between the two of them. Superb dancing but the grief, the remorse of Act II was palable. So moving, so genuine. I would love to see them in Manon.

    • Patrick Buckingham responded on 6 February 2018 at 10:53am

      I agree with your sentiments. They are a very exciting partnership in the making. A real step up for Ben who covered himself in glory. I'm assuming this was their debut as Giselle and Albrecht.

  27. Simon Smith responded on 7 February 2018 at 8:00am Reply

    I asked about the cameras that captured Marianela's Giselle curtain call and on stage celebrations and wondered if there are any plans for making some of the footage available. Please could you let us know what the answer is? As I said I'm sure it would be hugely welcomed by all those fortunate to be in the audience and the many thousands who were not able to attend. Many thanks

  28. elleG responded on 7 February 2018 at 1:01pm Reply

    Akane Takada as Giselle absolutely blew me away. Benjamin Ella was more country boy than gentry but he, too, danced beautifully. Their acting was unbelievably touching. And Fumi Kaneko's dancing as Myrtha was just as superb. Looking forward to more from these three amazing artists.

  29. Simon Smith responded on 7 February 2018 at 4:58pm Reply

    Many thanks Chris - fabulous to have some footage capturing a very special occasion and very much appreciated.

  30. Barry & Heather responded on 9 February 2018 at 12:31am Reply

    To All,
    Tonight’s performance of Giselle was truly magnificent.....and in our humble opinion, the second act, was quite simply, as good as it gets....
    Thank you for a wonderful evening....

  31. Jane responded on 10 February 2018 at 2:31am Reply

    This evening’s performance was beautiful- a treat to experience such beautiful music and exquisite dancing. Congratulations to you all

  32. Grahame responded on 10 February 2018 at 5:34pm Reply

    Great partnerships in ballet are rare. Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell for some years now have caught my attention for the beauty of their dancing, their musicality and their ability to act a role, both separately and together. On Friday 9th February they surely cemented a world class partnership with their portrayal of Giselle and Albrecht. An exciting evening indeed promising so much for the future. The mountain of bouquets on stage at the end matched the volume of applause and shouts of joy. They said it all. A great privilege to be there.

  33. Natascha Lancaster responded on 10 February 2018 at 8:57pm Reply

    One of those rare and deeply moving performances of Giselle today when there is an immediate connection between the dancers and the audience. Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball showed such sensitivity to their roles and the music. Beautiful.

  34. Alex responded on 12 February 2018 at 7:16am Reply

    We felt very privileged to have been at the Saturday Matinee performance of Giselle, danced by the wonderful Yasmine Naghdi partnered by Matthew Ball. As Ms Lancaster says above: what an amazing connection they have with their audience. The audience clearly loved them, and they gave all they had back to the audience. So special and rare. Yasmine Naghdi was stunning, a very fine actress as well as a great classical technician. Young Matthew Ball is going from strength to strength and together they are a unique stage couple. She fully deserved her massive amount of flowers, cheers and thunderous applause of the audience. What a superb and unforgettable Giselle performance it was!

  35. Alison Stirk responded on 12 February 2018 at 4:46pm Reply

    Such a privilege to have been in the audience to watch Francesca Hayward and Alexander Campbell on Friday 9th. Outstanding performances by these two. In fact outstanding performances from the whole cast. Congratulations ROH. You never disappoint.

  36. Joy Lambrick responded on 12 February 2018 at 7:05pm Reply

    I cannot agree more with Natascha and Alex. My mother and I feel very lucky to have witnessed this performance on Saturday. We have seen many a Giselle but this was indeed truly unforgettable. Bravo.

  37. Fabulous - and Francesca Hayward is such a beautiful and expressive dancer - perfect in Giselle. Please ROH never mess with the choreography for Giselle.

  38. Sue Taylor responded on 13 February 2018 at 9:05pm Reply

    Never before has a performance brought tears to my eyes. It was wonderful quite the best Giselle I have ever seen. (Feb 12th)

  39. peterstephen responded on 15 February 2018 at 10:25am Reply

    On 08/02/18 I saw Giselle with Marianela Nunez and Federico Bonelli. I was expecting Lauren Cuthbertson but she was injured. I usually use this page to complain about the disappointments I feel about the way that directors impose some kind of unwanted intrusion into a production. However on this occasion Peter Wright and his team were almost unnoticeable. I offer that comment as the highest compliment because one was only aware of the beautiful dancing, music and story telling. Thank you all for a wonderful evening.

  40. Michael Varcoe-Cocks responded on 19 February 2018 at 10:56pm Reply

    Naghdi and Ball were magnificent, one of the best of the 100+ I have seen, but in each of them one thing always niggles me! Why is Hilarion always made out to be a baddie, complete with pantomime-baddie moustache? He’s a poor gamekeeper, hopelessly in love with Giselle: he brings a couple of game birds as a gift to Giselle’s mother and insists on carrying her milk pail, obviously a nice guy. In comes a glamorous goody, and a prince to boot! Only he’s a two-timing schemer who’s promising eternal love and marriage to Giselle while engaged to another!
    Let’s have a production where both Hilarion and Albrecht are equally young and handsome, no baddie-signifying facial hair (and older characterisation) for Hilarion. A much more subtle contrast between the two. Or better still, let Albrecht come in and dance Hilarion’s dance to death and have Hilarion come in with Giselle weeping over Albrecht’s body and have her realise Hilarion is her true love! Or at least, just take that menacing facial hair off Hilarion!

  41. Becky McCall responded on 22 February 2018 at 12:14pm Reply

    Spellbinding and unforgettable brilliance at last night's performance of Giselle. I am amazed at how every single member of the corps can perform so brilliantly - technically and moving in perfect harmony. It was transformative, a little piece of heaven. Thank you to all the dancers.

  42. r.a. responded on 2 March 2018 at 3:02am Reply

    Absolutely thrilling performance of Giselle by Osipova last night. The fourth time I've seen her in the role and each time I have found t breathtaking. An unexpected bonus tonight was matthew ball as albrecht in the second act as a substitution due sadly to injury. He was fantastic and I thought Osipova danced especially well with him - best partnership I've seen with her since the wonderful Carlos Acosta. Please can we see more of them dancing together soon and I look forward to hearing that matthew has been promoted to principal - surely not far off. Also thought Beatriz stix-Brunell was excellent in act 2.

  43. Stewart Lewis responded on 2 March 2018 at 11:01am Reply

    Mesmerising performance by Osipova last night (1 March) - unique mix of artistry, technique and athleticism. And two exceptional Albrechts: sad for Hallberg being injured, but Matthew Ball outstanding. Seen many Giselles over the years, none better than last night

  44. Natascha Lancaster responded on 4 March 2018 at 4:57pm Reply

    I saw Osipova dance Giselle a while ago and wondered how she did it. I watched her on March 1st and am wondering still more how she does it. Amazing, especially given the upset of David Hallberg's injury. Matthew Ball was superb as Allbrecht. Hats off to them and the whole company.

  45. Morotn D. Paley responded on 4 March 2018 at 6:37pm Reply

    Osipova's deeply moving performance reaffirmed her greatness. Both Hallberg and Ball were splendid. Each of them deserves additional praise, Hallberg for finishing Act 1 although injured, Ball for stepping in at a few minutes' notice.

  46. Lesley Main responded on 5 March 2018 at 2:57pm Reply

    A rising star - well done Matthew Ball!

  47. Hina Tanna responded on 6 March 2018 at 11:08am Reply

    I really look forward to seeing either Osipova or The lovely Sarah Lamb this week If I get a good ticket to see this breathtaking performance. This week is the final week and it will be my first time for Giselle. So a Must!!!!

  48. Andy Ramsay responded on 9 March 2018 at 10:48pm Reply

    We were just spellbound, a glorious performance, an absolute joy, thank you!

  49. Jonathan Drakard responded on 10 March 2018 at 10:40am Reply

    If you were lucky enough to see Natalia Osipova dance last night you witnessed something very, very special; high art indeed!
    The corps, orchestra and all the principles were magnificent. Both acts superbly realised. An exceptional night at ROH.

  50. Polly Evaristo responded on 17 March 2018 at 11:01am Reply

    I believe Matthew Ball was on ITV local news London last night being interviewed about stepping in for David Hallberg. Any chance of posting it for us deprived Northerners? Thanks

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