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Your Reaction: Giselle live in cinemas 2016

What did you think of the live cinema relay of this classic Romantic ballet?

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

6 April 2016 at 10.06pm | 144 Comments

What did you think of Giselle live in cinemas?
Let us know via the comments below.

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By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

6 April 2016 at 10.06pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Peter Wright, cinema, giselle, Marianela Nuñez, Production, review, Social Media, twitter, Vadim Muntagirov, your reaction

This article has 144 comments

  1. Stuart Dixon responded on 6 April 2016 at 10:27pm Reply

    And you have no plans to put that to DVD. Madness. What a performance.

    • Mimi Sellers responded on 7 April 2016 at 2:39pm

      Absolutely! We definitely do need a DVD. This performance had power and a magic in it. Please put it on permanent record.. I have several Giselle DVD's but this could never be one too many! Ever! Thank you Royal Ballet. Thank you Marianela

  2. Diane Bellhouse responded on 6 April 2016 at 10:29pm Reply

    Evening ruined for me by the Introductory
    'talk'. If you think ROH is elitist,you would not be present. If you don't see ballet as elitist then being subjected to this sort of patronising twaddle is deeply offensive. Please drop it.

    • Debbie Peters responded on 7 April 2016 at 10:33am

      Your evening was "ruined" ??? You need to seriously get a life! Sad woman!

    • Alex Paul responded on 7 April 2016 at 2:53pm

      I agree that the introductory talk by an unnamed lady trying to explain how wonderfully un-elitist the ROH is, is toe- curlingly embarrassing and patronising, and does nothing for the image of the ROH. This introductory apologia needs a total overhaul.

  3. Fiona responded on 6 April 2016 at 10:30pm Reply

    My daughter and I were spellbound and transported by the virtuosity on display this evening. The cast worked so hard to tell the tragic story of Giselle We love the Royal Ballet live at the cinema and have seen four ROH ballet productions this way. It's affordable and you feel you are really there in the front row of the stalls. We live every moment. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

  4. karenb responded on 6 April 2016 at 10:38pm Reply

    Can't remember having seen a more perfect Giselle. Loving the Marianela/Vadim partnership - hope to see more of them together. Corps wonderful, well done Samantha Raine. Pas de six excellent; as Kevin O'Hare said this ballet is really a showcase of talent right through the company. Thank you for a great evening, can't wait for dvd.....!

  5. Annabel Charles responded on 6 April 2016 at 10:42pm Reply

    It was beyond stunning. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed it. Thank you to the whole cast but especially Marianela and Vadim for sublime dancing - breathtaking, beautiful - and incredibly moving. I just want to see it again - tomorrow.

  6. Mike & Fay responded on 6 April 2016 at 10:43pm Reply

    Have just watched your stunning performance from a cinema in Swansea. Everyone in the company was excellent - it's a pity the relay cannot send our applause back to you so you know how much the audience here appreciated your efforts.

  7. Margaret responded on 6 April 2016 at 10:43pm Reply

    The most moving night at the ballet I have ever experienced. Bravo!

  8. Ros responded on 6 April 2016 at 10:45pm Reply

    Loved Giselle, saw the live screening at Taliesin Swansea. Every dancer was superb.

  9. Ros responded on 6 April 2016 at 10:47pm Reply

    Amazing Giselle, all dancers superb.Watched live screening at the Taliesin Swansea

  10. Anne McHardy responded on 6 April 2016 at 10:48pm Reply

    It was the first time I had seen Giselle and it was amazing. The second act was stunning. Thank you Peter Wright and The Royal Ballet.

  11. Margaret responded on 6 April 2016 at 10:54pm Reply

    Absolutely amazing. Superb production. Could sit and watch it all over again.

  12. Judith responded on 6 April 2016 at 11:05pm Reply

    A first cinema experience tonight. Some years since I saw Giselle. Had some reservations but have to admit the experience and production was far better than expected. Loved the expretional close ups, and interviews during the interval. Nunez is truly wonderful, but so too the Royal Ballet. Vadim was exceptional too. Thank you for the experience.

  13. Wat een prachtige voorstelling. Heb zooooo genoten!!

  14. Margo king responded on 6 April 2016 at 11:10pm Reply

    Wow- amazing -what a wonderful performance from everyone. Spell binding beautiful haunting I shall never forget tonight and the power of creative human beings.

  15. Linda responded on 6 April 2016 at 11:13pm Reply

    Wonderful, simply wonderful !

  16. Louise O Mahony responded on 6 April 2016 at 11:19pm Reply

    What an incredible performance. One of the greatest performances I have ever seen. Bravo.

  17. Jen responded on 6 April 2016 at 11:33pm Reply

    Absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately there was a fault in the Salford cinema so we missed the final moments of the pas de deux but that mad scene almost made up for it. Any chance of a DVD so we can see what we missed?

  18. noel & pauline pires responded on 6 April 2016 at 11:33pm Reply

    Just Brilliant

  19. Edward Smeeton responded on 6 April 2016 at 11:44pm Reply

    At last a good crowd in the Cineworld Chesterfield .. maybe the message is finally getting across!
    Another sublime performance from all concerned in tonight`s Giselle. I didn`t want that curtain to drop. OUTSTANDING .. BRAVO.

  20. Wendy Manock responded on 6 April 2016 at 11:54pm Reply

    Home now after watching Giselle, live performance on cine screen, absolutely exquisite dancing by Marianela and Vadim, all the dancers were truly magnificent, thank you for making my birthday memorable.

  21. Sheila Hope responded on 6 April 2016 at 11:54pm Reply

    I am still under the spell of an exceptional Giselle. Hauntingly beautiful, words fail to describe the dancing of Marianela & Vadim. Thank you Royal Ballet.

  22. Marilyn weston responded on 7 April 2016 at 12:04am Reply

    I was there,vadim was the star of the evening,brilliant,nunez beautiful as usual,this pair dance beautifully together....more please,wonderful atmosphere at covent garden

  23. Nicola responded on 7 April 2016 at 12:07am Reply

    We need a DVD! I am repeating myself, but I can't deal with the thought of not seeing this amazing performance again.

    • Mimi Sellers responded on 7 April 2016 at 2:36pm

      We definitely do need a DVD. This performance had a power and a magic in it that so very much deserves to go on record permanently. (And to be able to watch it over and over again. I have several Giselle DVD's but this could never be one too many! Ever! Thank you Royal Ballet. Thank you Marianela

  24. Ann Rachlin responded on 7 April 2016 at 12:25am Reply

    Beautiful dancing. Superb principals
    Corps de Ballet magnificent.
    Music far too loud in the relay we received.
    Brass was deafening and even the applause in the ROH was very loud.
    It was not the fault of the orchestra or conductor. Once again, the sound engineers, used to pop music levels, send out everything too loud and it loses all subtlety. I think they all have a hearing loss due to listening to their own music too loud.

    • Hi Ann,

      Sorry to hear that the cinema that you were at was very loud. Could you let us know where it is, so we can get in contact with them?

      We do a test in a cinema set to their normal calibration level in the morning - we set the levels and listen to a the previous rehearsal all the way through the sound desks and over the satellite link, so it should be a good representation of the live mix, and we try to set levels such that it should be comfortable for the 3 hours of performance, and we are mixing in a room with the speakers at that level, so you should be hearing what we are. All cinemas are, sadly, not the same (they should be close, but some I've been too are louder than others), we do send out sample material each time and recommend that cinemas listen in to this.

      The applause was very loud last night - we did bring the levels down for quite a few bits as it was a bit much - it was much louder than during the camera rehearsal!

      Kind regards,

      Mark Thackeray
      Broadcast Engineer, Royal Opera House & Music Mix Engineer for Giselle relay

  25. Tuzie Morrison responded on 7 April 2016 at 6:47am Reply

    Feel so fortunate to have been able to see the superb Giselle and the fabulous Royal Ballet. Thank you RB and ROH!

  26. Carole miller responded on 7 April 2016 at 7:04am Reply

    So sad to hear missed this..our cinema cancelled due to technical difficulties...any chance of a repeat?

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 7 April 2016 at 10:08am

      Dear Carole,

      I'm sorry to hear that. We'd be more than happy to follow up with the cinema on their technical problems if you'd like to send details to

      Please check with your local cinema as some will be showing an encore screening on April 17th so hopefully you'll be able to see it then.

      Kindest regards,


  27. Sublime experience.
    Narrative and drama powerful.
    Could we see it again!

    Your presenter not so.
    Tone and language not fitting - jarring, but forgettable in light of the excellence on stage.

  28. Geoff responded on 7 April 2016 at 7:46am Reply

    A truly fantastic and exciting performance last night! Technically excellent - this is the new age of live ballet. Better than the best seat at ROH - and superb value - watched in Norwich. Fell back in love (again) after 47 years of marriage to Linda who was taken to see Giselle by her ballet teacher (Barbara Speake) and has always been her favourite. More please!

  29. Pam Willoughby responded on 7 April 2016 at 7:48am Reply

    Absolutely magical! Fantastic company. We were transported from a cinema in southern Spain via ROH to a spooky forest! But I was puzzled why the wonderful male members of the fabulous Corps did not take a bow? They certainly deserved acknowledgement of their great performance. More please!

  30. Elizabeth Bennett responded on 7 April 2016 at 7:55am Reply

    Quite the most wonderful ballet production I have ever seen. I,actually gasped allowed when Vsdim did some of his moves!

  31. Sarah Firmin responded on 7 April 2016 at 7:56am Reply

    l loved the exquisite performance of Giselle but really missed Darcy Bussell introducing and insight with the participants - please bring her back soon!!!

  32. Janet Roper responded on 7 April 2016 at 8:03am Reply

    Loved every minute, so moving. Thank you so much for bringing the ballet to so many via the cinema. Without it, I and others would not have the opportunity to see such wonderful dancing.

  33. MW responded on 7 April 2016 at 8:14am Reply

    Superb in every way. Please may we have a DVD?

  34. Lea Davenport responded on 7 April 2016 at 8:25am Reply

    For my first experience of Giselle I have to say that all my expectations were met and more!
    A charming romance yes but I was devastated at Giselle's despairing act of suicide with Albrecht's own blade!
    What a difference act II,foreshadowed perhaps by act ls close,intense,brooding and very dark!Myrtha and her sad Wilis quite chilling!Sympathy to Hilarion.Why was he claimed by the spirits and not Albrecht the deceiver!To Giselle must go his enduring gratitude as forever in her debt would he remain!
    Ms Nunez gave her every fibre of her being to the role of tragic Giselle!I will hope to see her again!

  35. Dinah Shortt responded on 7 April 2016 at 8:32am Reply

    I went with friends last night to the cinema in Enniskillen (Northern Ireland) - the performance was absolutely wonderfu, I was in tears at the end!! l - it was such a treat for us all to see such wonderful dancers, hear such wonderful music and be with all the theatre-goers in London - Thank you

  36. Liz Fawcett responded on 7 April 2016 at 8:38am Reply

    Wonderful, wonderful performance! Congratulations to everyone involved, and especially of course to the principals, whose dancing was astounding.

  37. Connie Nolan responded on 7 April 2016 at 9:05am Reply

    It was a fantastic experience. One of my friends had studied the story beforehand but I had just looked it up on Wikipedia and looked at a few YouTube clips. But it didn't matter! The expressions on the dancers' faces the gestures told me all I needed to know. The dancing was sublime and the music superb. Interestingly I feel sorry for Hilarion and think Albrecht a bit of a cad. My better informed friend disagrees.

  38. I hesitated to go and watch Giselle on the flat screen as I have always found the intimate pathos with the dancers an important part of the experience but due to many reasons I decided to go see! The performance was outstanding and the expression both through the psychical connection of the dancers to each other but also to their audience was outstanding. I felt a real bond which I did not think possible, due I think to the close ups, in fact seeing more nuances of expression than one would see at the theatre. Thank you for making me realise Art is there for all and due to the understanding of this, wonderful productions such as this are being made available to the majority

  39. marilyn weston responded on 7 April 2016 at 9:35am Reply

    dvd please

  40. Rachael responded on 7 April 2016 at 9:36am Reply

    A wonderful evening of ballet - thank you to all the cast. Hope to see much more of Vadim and Marianela's partnership.

    Just a shame that at Salisbury Odeon, the bottom of the picture was missing so that the feet of the dancers were missed off in certain shots and just at critical points in the story, you couldn't see Giselle or Albrecht properly when they collapsed & lay on the stage floor. I gather from Twitter this was probably due to "framing issues" (?) Please can the ROH liaise with Salisbury Odeon to get yet another picture quality issue resolved. Thank you.

    Above issues aside, very much hoping for a DVD release, as this was an outstanding performance of Giselle. One I could watch over & over again.

  41. Linda responded on 7 April 2016 at 10:02am Reply

    From south of France, another truly wonderful evening from ROH. Vadim was transfixing. The Corps really are the best in the world and their hard work really pays off. Orchestra superb. Missed Darcy though.
    P.S. Cameraman, fewer close-ups please.

  42. William Swales responded on 7 April 2016 at 10:05am Reply

    Royal Ballet you have done it AGAIN! Last nights performance of Giselle was the best version I have ever seen. The spectacular virtuosity of Vadim Muntagirov was breathtaking and Marianela Nunez was on fire – but for me – it wasn’t just her amazing bravura dancing – it was the ‘stillness’, intimacy, and tension that Marianela brought in the ‘ballet blanc’ reverie when the Queen of the Willis tries to dominate Giselle – first beckoning Giselle towards her - and then commanding Giselle to ‘stay’ like a dog; and then later as Giselle ‘floats’ above the prince’s head like an ethereal spirit. Just wonderful.

    What is interesting is the ‘mirroring’ structure of the ballet, for here we have ‘real-world’ events both ‘foretelling what will unfold’ as well as being in juxtaposition with the ethereal world that we later encounter.

    The ballet has so much to say about ‘the human condition’ so it is little wonder that Giselle is ranked as ‘number two’ in the word (Swan Lake being number one).

    Giselle deeply penetrates the psyche because in it we see the dark side of human nature - acts of villainy; treachery; torment; jealousy; and callous indifference – as we see when the woman - to whom the prince has foolishly betrothed himself to before he is besotted by Giselle and instantly falls deeply, madly in love with Giselle - walks away from the scene with ‘callous indifference’ as Giselle lays dying.

    Later, we see a veiled Giselle wearing a wedding dress – signifying that marriage has been denied of her – and we see the Queen of the Willis cruelly snatch away Giselle’s veil to rub it in that Giselle has been denied marriage. Giselle is repulsed by the action of the Queen of the Willis, which prompts Giselle to take a stance against her – and Giselle asks everyone present to shed their self-inflicted ‘mantle of torment, sorrow, and misery’ – and just like in the princess did earlier – the Willis turn away with callous indifference – the juxtaposition.

    In act one, we see Giselle’s cloying mother explain that her husband died of a heart attack and that she has lost two daughters in the same way, and advises that Giselle (her only surviving daughter) should ‘not’ dance because it will kill her.

    Later in the narrative, when the forlorn, grief-stricken prince visits Giselle’s grave, the prince encounters Myrtha – the queen of the Willis – who informs the prince that he must ‘dance until he dies’ – the juxtaposition.

    When the vile jealous game-keeper Hillarion – who lusts after Giselle presents Giselle with the prince’s sword as his ‘evidence’ that Giselle is being deceived (which isn’t true – the prince genuinely loves her), Giselle shows everyone the sword – and rather than show ‘compassion’ – they coldly turn away from Giselle.

    When the prince is ordered to ‘dance until he dies’, seeking ‘compassion’, the exhausted prince pleads to be released – and rather than show him compassion - all of the Willis turn away from the prince – the juxtaposition.

    When Giselle learns from the princess that the prince is engaged to be married to her, Giselle heroically stands up to the princess in defiance to prevent the princess from coming close to the prince. Later, when the Willis approach the prince so as to drive him to his own death, Giselle heroically stands up to Myrtha in defiance to prevent the Willis from killing the prince – the juxtaposition.

    When the prince attacks Hillarion for trashing the prince’s one chance of true love and liberation, Hillarion summons the hunting party so as to cast doubt and undermine the prince. Later, seeing that Giselle is influencing some of the Willis and undermining Myrtha, Myrtha orders all of the Willis to remove their veils so as to take control and weaken Giselle’s proposition to liberate themselves – and we see the fabulous scene where the willis ‘split’ – some going to the ‘light’ ‘dexter’ side – the rest choosing the ‘dark’ ‘sinister’ side as ‘doubt’ is cast – the juxtaposition.

    Will Giselle have the courage and fortitude to stand up to and overcome the power of Myrtha – the ruthless, remorseless, unforgiving Queen of the Willis who seems to have everyone under her power?

    Will Giselle be able to convince the heartbroken Willis that they should put an end to their own self-inflicted torture and torment based upon pointless hate, and forgive those who wronged them, and return to their graves and rest in peace?

    Will Giselle be able to prevent the Willis from killing her beloved prince?

    Will Giselle be able to return to her grave and rest in peace?

    You will have to watch the encore to find out!

    • D B responded on 7 April 2016 at 6:37pm

      Thank you for this brilliant analysis. It explains so precisely why this story is so captivating.

  43. Kay Watson responded on 7 April 2016 at 10:32am Reply

    Absolutely sublime, a pairing made in heaven with Vadim & Marianela but supported by a fantastic company and wonderful orchestra - the whole package. The best Giselle I've seen, didn't want it to end!! Brightened up a very miserable evening in Aberdeen, more please, and soon!

  44. Josephine responded on 7 April 2016 at 10:43am Reply

    Reading the comments about camera close -ups, I appreciate that the cinema audience loses the big picture when the camera zooms in. However, I feel we at the cinema in Piccadilly London gained a front row experience from the close camera work especially at the end. To see the sweat pouring off Vadim is to understand the huge effort that goes into the performance. Years and years of training, weeks and weeks of exhausting rehearsing culminate in these stunning performances. I felt totally absorbed and emotionally rapt as I gazed at Vadim and Marianela's faces. I left the cinema utterly drained and wept as I walked back to the station.

  45. Elia Amato responded on 7 April 2016 at 11:20am Reply

    Marianela and Vadim were terrific and it's impossible to describe how beautiful was everything.
    Marianela is Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the Royal Opera House for me. She is a great star and she is so pure, natural, intense and breathtaking (in acting and dancing) that audience from all over the world is totally in love with her. (I'm sure).

    I'm hoping for a DVD release, as this was an outstanding performance of Giselle.

  46. Ranjna Veall responded on 7 April 2016 at 11:21am Reply

    Saw it in the live production being shown in my local cinema hall. It was not only perfect but more than that since it gave a look into the backstage rehearsal plus interviews with the main characters and the producer and the stage designers.

  47. Fiona Reed responded on 7 April 2016 at 11:27am Reply

    Watched this wonderful broadcast in Berwick upon Tweed. Superb dancing from all concerned. Vadim and Marionela spellbinding, their dancing and acting was incredible. The Pas de Six was particularly enjoyable and the corp de ballet in the 2nd act were quite literally out of this world. A truly wonderful and enjoyable night. What a talented crop of young dancers the royal ballet have at the moment. Keep up the good work. DVD?

  48. Paul Butler responded on 7 April 2016 at 11:31am Reply

    The performance was sublime and the surrounding elements were excellent. However the overall experience was spoiled to some extent by the Vue cinema insistence on putting on the house lights both during the introduction, during the interval programme and as soon as the curtain came down (which made the curtain calls almost impossible to see). On complaining I was told this was company policy. Perhaps someone at the ROH can tell the Vue organisation that this is not acceptable.

  49. Do Hewston responded on 7 April 2016 at 11:34am Reply

    Stunning performance. Marianela and Vadim's partnership was awesome, but equally matched by the rest of the cast - The Royal Ballet has many rising stars to come. Music too was wonderful and atmospheric. I shall keep a mental image of Vadim's strength

  50. Do Hewston responded on 7 April 2016 at 11:40am Reply

    Stunning performance. Marianela and Vadim's partnership was awesome, but equally matched by the rest of the cast - The Royal Ballet has many rising stars to come. Music too was wonderful and atmospheric. I shall never forget Vadim's amazing leaps and jumps, his technique up there with Nureyev. We, in Cardigan, are so lucky to have Theatr Mwldan bringing in these screenings.

  51. Rachel Smith responded on 7 April 2016 at 12:02pm Reply

    Vadim is so athletic and an amazing dancer for his young age. Those legs!! Marianela is my favourite dancer ever. So precise, strong and graceful, her point work is breathtaking, I want her to dance forever and never retire! My one gripe was with the presenter who did the interviews, I got sick of him referring to the dancers as "guys".

    They were NOT ALL GUYS. "thanks guys, good luck guys, great work guys". Please save that kind of talk for teen TV not the Royal Ballet. Americanisation, yuk.

  52. Annabel Cowdrey responded on 7 April 2016 at 12:07pm Reply

    Outstanding again and enhanced by the closeups having already seen this cast at the ROH. I echo the requests for a dvd - and while we're on the subject, how about an updated dvd of Manon, with Muntagirov as des Grieux? That too was an outstanding cast yet there is only one RB dvd of Manon yet at least two each of Swan Lake, Giselle and Fille.

  53. JC Penman responded on 7 April 2016 at 12:27pm Reply

    Please, please release this as DVD!! This was such a unique performance from two critically acclaimed and dearly loved principals and a sensational supporting cast. I was blown away not only by dancing of the highest quality but also by such brilliant character portrayals that gave such depth, making interactions so real. Never have I witnessed such tension between the characters of Albrecht and Hilarion: just brilliant. Well done Royal Ballet.

  54. Penny Acton responded on 7 April 2016 at 12:32pm Reply

    Dramatic. Poignant. Haunting. Spell-binding. Hard to describe this enchanting evening in the company of the Royal Ballet in the magnificent setting of the ROH. My first live cinema relay experience - it won't be the last. Thank you for sharing this opportunity.

  55. PW responded on 7 April 2016 at 2:15pm Reply

    My girlfriend and I found the skill and finesse of the dancers amazing, and the music (which I had never heard before) as good as anything Tchaikovsky wrote. The picture on the screen did not have the sharpness and bright colours of a regular movie, but we appreciated the camera work and the close-ups. However the presenter/interviewer got on our nerves, and the sound balance was poor in that there was far too much live audience noise, with every cough and rustling sound picked up! This was worse during Act II. Too many mikes, maybe, and far too close to the audience (applause was deafening). Lessons to be learnt.

  56. Lorna responded on 7 April 2016 at 2:30pm Reply

    Outstanding performances from all of the cast, I watched with family at my local cinema and I know my Niece & Nephew (who both have ballet lessons) have come away inspired.

  57. Richard Cheshire responded on 7 April 2016 at 2:36pm Reply

    I note that the comment I made to your customer services last night has not been published. It contained the comment about the loss of the dancers feet in the first Act. Dance/ballet requires one to see the dancers feet and also the loss of Giselle below the frame of the picture as she dies. However more importantly was the complete loss of focus on the long focus shots in the second Act. The close ups were in focus but your camera work and technical optical work is clearly below the required standard. I would suggest asking the BBC or A commercial TV company for help. These two faults ruined the evening for my wife and myself. Please put this comment on you list

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 7 April 2016 at 4:42pm

      Dear Richard,

      Thanks for your comments. The framing issue you describe could have been easily rectified by the cinema as unfortunately they would have had incorrect projector settings in use that cut off the top and bottom of the screen. I also think the unfocused shots may have been a local projector issue too as we've received no other comments of a similar nature. If agreeable with you please can you forward the cinema details to and we'll get to the bottom of what happened.

      Kind regards,


  58. Kathleen Elliott responded on 7 April 2016 at 3:10pm Reply

    Saw Giselle last night at a local,family owned cinema in Wells. Great performance but, as usual, 98 per cent of our audience were elderly. Not a child in sight. Work still needed to make cinema attendance affordable. The Wilis were really chilling.

    • Peter Vintner responded on 7 April 2016 at 4:22pm

      I watched Giselle yesterday evening in packed cinema just outside Treviso (Italy). I've already commented on Twitter about the sublime performance and the magnificent Itziar Mendizabal as Myrth.
      But on the subject of children, is it really a matter of cost, or is it competing interests? Or is it just the timing of the event on a school day? I don't know what the ticket price is in a UK cinema these days but in our cinema there were by my reckoning at least 40 children, I'd say under the age of 14.
      I can't think the ROH has any control over what cinemas charge for entry, but where I live the cost of cinema entry certainly isn't a deterrent to children. I would tentatively suggest that the absence of children in your cinema to watch a ballet has more to do with other factors, like parental encouragement for example, than financial obstacles.

    • Mair responded on 18 April 2016 at 9:36pm

      I find evening performances end too late for children with school the next day, that's why I'm so glad there are now encore screenings on Sunday afternoons.

  59. Nick B responded on 7 April 2016 at 3:39pm Reply

    This performance of Giselle was as good as any I have seen live, at the cinema or on DVD. Even possibly the best. Superb drama and dancing. Well done and thank you to all involved. We all want a DVD please!

  60. Andrew responded on 7 April 2016 at 3:45pm Reply

    Wonderful, wonderful. I've never seen the Royal Ballet corps better, and excellent across the other roles. Please put out on disc/download so we can relive the magic and preserve as a monument to these great artists.

    Go on.

  61. Stuart Dixon responded on 7 April 2016 at 5:18pm Reply

    I have already said my piece regarding the issue of a DVD, no-brainer as far as I am concerned. My only other moan is the "guy" who presented the pre-show, interval and post show commentary. Calling all and sundry "Guys" is so irritating and childish. Does he not know the difference. Bring back Darcey, I prefer her gushing. 68 other people have said all I can say about how wonderful it was.

  62. Rosy Bubb responded on 7 April 2016 at 6:06pm Reply

    A totally wonderful and moving performance which had the whole cinema totally wrapt. Sublime dancing from the principals and the whole cast, and the partnership between Nunez and Muntagirov was quite sublime.
    It seems almost churlish to make a negative comment but I echo some above about the presenter, who consistently, including in the interviews and particularly after the end when we were all still lost in the feeling, struck the wrong tone.

  63. Chris Cornell responded on 7 April 2016 at 6:08pm Reply

    What a wonderful ballet very moving. All the dancers were well rehearsed & the corps de ballet in the second act were exceptional.
    Where was Darcey my husband was distraught at her absence!!

  64. Diana L responded on 7 April 2016 at 6:32pm Reply

    Marianela is sublime. She is the best Giselle that I have ever seen. Technically she is perfect and she also is a great performer. The mad scene gave me chills! Thanks ROH for making possible the live cinemas relay!

  65. Amy Wood responded on 7 April 2016 at 7:09pm Reply

    Absolutely wonderful performance, one of the very best I've ever seen. I didn't think anyone could be a better Albrecht than Roberto Bolle but Vadim proved me wrong. He broght so much innocence to the role, something I haven't really seen from anyone before. And Nela was just superb, as were the corps de ballet.
    Please please listen to all the comments here and on twitter/facebook and give us a DVD of this wonderful ballet. The Royal Ballet owes it to Marianela, Vadim and all the other dancers to preserve their efforts for others to appreciate in the future. I'd happily let my kids watch it and enjoy it with them. This Giselle needs a DVD release!!

  66. Norma Rothwell responded on 7 April 2016 at 7:28pm Reply

    I too was in tears after this wonderful performance of Giselle - and I must have seen about fifty or more in my lifetime. Thank goodness for live cinema but still I WANT A DVD!!! I already have about a dozen but I really need this one. Please do not disappoint so many people who agree with me. I do wish I could get to Covent Garden but it is impossible for me now so cinema and DVD or even broadcast to TV are all I have. Nunez and Muntagirov certainly lived up to my expectations

  67. Melissa Abraham responded on 7 April 2016 at 8:14pm Reply

    Incredible performance from Marianela reduced me to tears. I took my 13 year old ballet dancer son and he said it was the best ballet we have ev seen. Bit disappointed no curtain call for the male villagers and Giselle's mother and the "Royal party." Sublime performance by the entire cast, can't wait for the next live cinema performance. T Hank you for a wonderful evening of spectacular dancing.

    Melissa and Hugh

  68. Pam responded on 7 April 2016 at 10:18pm Reply

    It was a wonderful evening; Marianela and Vadim exquisite; fabulous Pas de Six and amazing performances from the Corps de Ballet. However, unlike others, I do not appreciate the close ups. When I am at Covent Garden I can see the whole of the stage and can pick up the interaction of the various performers whilst retaining a complete view of the main dancers. The close ups during Giselle's mad scene were extremeley irritating as was the close up on the Queen of the Wilies during Albrecht's torment. Please can we have a fixed, wide angle camera shot in future without the unnecessary close ups.

    • Linda responded on 11 April 2016 at 3:48pm

      I so agree with this. I have seen most of the Live Transmissions and I endorse Pam's comments about the close ups. I remember a comment left on a previous transmission which said - tell the cameraman to set up the camera then go for a drink in the bar until the end of the performance!

  69. Manon1753 responded on 7 April 2016 at 11:14pm Reply

    Carpentras, Vaucluse, France. My regular ROH Live cinema, 90 minutes drive each way. Half full (Easter hols and people went skiing) but lots and lots of young children and a good mix of all other age groups. Screening and sound perfect. And WHAT a SHOW!! By just about anyone: principals were stars, corps were stars, whether as peasants or as willis. Wonderful character parts. A story that was coherent in every detail, costumes and scenery that worked. Just one dancer yet to be beaten: Mason as Myrthe. There was applause at the end of every solo because the audience felt "c'est comme si l'on y était". What else do you want?
    Wow, wow, said the two friends whom I had dragged there to see their first ballet ever, will there be a DVD?
    Availability of the programme and summary of the ballet's story was very useful and much appreciated.
    Now for the niggles: if the daybreak that saves Albrecht at the end of the ballet shows on the stage, it does not on screen. We can do without that patronizing introductory talk: dear lady, the seats that give one a good view of the stage are way beyond my budget.
    Brownie point for providing subtitles some of the time. But did we need those endless, untranslated minutes at the end of the interval? It was too long, it was predictable, so a summary on screen would have been possible (after all Kevin O'Hare knew he was going to tell us about all those exciting new programmes) and they would have helped. And we didn't need yet another plug at the end of the show. In carpentras, people wanted to see just a few more curtain calls, so that they could applaud again.

  70. Rossella responded on 8 April 2016 at 1:02pm Reply

    After having attended ROH last year's production with Natalia Osipova, I definitely had low expectations about any other "Giselle".
    'Hardly any other ballerina could ever play such a dramatic role so well as Osipova did' - I told to myself.
    To be honest yesterday Marianela's interpretation just surprised and enchanted me for her diversity of dancing the young peasant, so happy and girlish about love and the spirit of betrayed Giselle, so suffering and vanishing at the same time. An absolutely strong and precise technique like hers mixed with a powerful temperament, usually makes a ballerina more suitable for brilliant roles such as Carmen, Kitri and the beautiful Manon she danced so perfectly. But Peter Wright's endless geniality worked out tailor made roles on the couple Marianela/Vadim, hauntingly beautiful. Vadim came out with all his own personality, deeply devastated by grief and guilt in second act, Marianela interpreting so well innocence, madness and forgiving love.
    ...what else...I loved so much the orchestra playing such an amazing music, the Conductor made so nice some musical details. The Corps was absolutely stunning in musicality, precisions and interpretation!
    Enjoying all this at Live Cinema once again from abroad I have to admit that Royal Opera Ballet still remains one of the best Ballet Company in the world!
    Thank you for spreading this beautiful Art throughout the world

  71. Sally van Eeghen responded on 8 April 2016 at 4:44pm Reply

    Watched from Stroud in Gloucestershire with friends from our ballet class. Some new to ballet, some returners, all of us over 50 and still dancing. Every second absolutely amazing. What a performance from everyone! Long live live screening!

  72. Deirdre Irvine responded on 8 April 2016 at 5:06pm Reply

    Wow! Wow! What a performance. I have seen dozens of Giselles' in my life, ranging from brilliant to adequate. But that was sublime. I cried with the sheer exquisiteness of the music and the choreography. It was as near as faultless as makes no difference. Marianela was virtuoso personified.
    It's a very very long time that I have felt such joy about a ballet. It is in my head still.

  73. Nicola responded on 8 April 2016 at 7:30pm Reply

    Come on, Royal Opera House, do you read these comments? Have you seen the clamour on Twitter?? People are demanding a DVD or recording of this wonderful performance and you are saying nothing! Listen to what your customers are saying, please...

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 8 April 2016 at 11:33pm

      Hi Nicola,

      Thank you for your comment - we're very pleased you enjoyed the performance so much.

      We’re currently looking at different online and on-demand options for our Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions. Watch this space for updates.

      Kind regards,


  74. Why is it that when we all complain about too many close-ups, Ross MacGibbon always carries on in the same way? He finds it impossible to show the whole ensemble for more than a few seconds. I find it hard to understand because, after all he was a dancer himself once.
    Wonderful Marianela and Vadim though!

  75. Kate E responded on 8 April 2016 at 10:14pm Reply

    Like everyone else, I loved this interpretation and the whole cast was faultless. How lucky we are to be able to see these wonderful dancers. But I must disagree with those moaning about the presenting style. It's obvious the presenter knows nothing about ballet but that's all to the good - he can ask the questions that those not in the know would like to ask. He is warm, friendly and professional - just what you need if you want to appeal to a wider audience and dispel the idea that ballet is elitist. Ballet snobs, get over yourselves!

  76. Pam Whatley-Holmes responded on 9 April 2016 at 12:01am Reply

    I had the privilege of seeing this outstanding performance of Giselle at Pictureville Cinema, Bradford. It was as close to being at The ROH, Covent Gdn as it could possibly have been - and, in my enthusiastic opinion, made even better by the backstage scenes, discussions about the production, and plenty of close ups of the amazing ballet dancers. Marianela & Vadim were truly brilliant in the lead roles; as indeed were the rest of the stars and entire company.
    It was such a fantastic experience that I have walked 'on air' since - and hope to see the Encore at Skipton Plaza this coming Wednesday.
    The whole concept of making the ROH accessible for so many people - a global audience - is inspired. Thank you so much.

  77. Stevie responded on 9 April 2016 at 12:50am Reply

    Nela, surely the backbone of the Royal Ballet. And having witnessed the performance of the Queen, can now understand the meaning of 'She gives me the Wilis'. The Dance and acting was amazing all round.
    And remember for future presentations, Darcey is our darling.
    If Kate E wants a presenter that knows nothing about Ballet, then why not get me to do it and I bet I'm cheaper.

  78. ML responded on 9 April 2016 at 4:38am Reply

    I too would buy a DVD of this with Marianela and Vadim in the lead roles - despite owning recordings of the performances with Alina/Johan and Natalia/Carlos. The dancing and artistry is what matters - after all, many people own multiple recordings of the same Christmas carols, or the same Tchaikovsky concertos. I too would buy a DVD of Manon with Vadim Muntagirov in it (like other fans have mentioned), if the footage still exists to make one.

  79. James responded on 9 April 2016 at 10:44am Reply

    I totally echo the thoughts of Kate E about the presenter Mr Orrie Oduba.
    I think his wamth and enthusiasm were used to excellent effect in relaxing those he interviewed and he is a most accomplished on screen "live" presenter and kept the "flow" going without any embarrassing silences.
    I hope ROH will call on his services again as it would be good to have a "regular" presenter.
    As noted by so many the performance was stunning and all concerned should be congratulated.
    My only negative would be to echo one or two others who have said there were too many close-ups which did not show the dancers feet. One or two can be interesting , but so many long lingering ones can irritate.
    Thank you ROH for a wonderful evening.

  80. sheila freeman responded on 9 April 2016 at 10:50am Reply

    Saw this at Odeon Streatham.
    Absolutely beautiful in every way! Costumes of the royals most stunning ever seen. Such wonderful acting as well as of course dancing.

  81. William Swales responded on 9 April 2016 at 11:11am Reply

    @Lea Davenport

    You ask ‘Why was he (Hillarion) claimed by the spirits?’

    You have raised a very interesting point with regards to Hillarion. The original fable – compiled from Slavonic fables written around the tenth century – contains some fascinating intrigue.

    In the original fable, although Giselle (Teutonic for ‘hostage’) works herself up into a terrible frenzy (depicted in the ‘mad’ dance) Giselle does ‘not’ commit suicide - she dies of a heart attack – depicting a ‘broken heart’ – and as the only remaining sibling, Giselle’s premature death has ended the family lineage because her mother has passed ‘child bearing’ age – and it is the reason Giselle’s mother cossets Giselle in the hope that Giselle will marry and bear children to carry on the family blood-line.

    So why does Giselle commit suicide in the ballet? Is it to create the foundation for the juxtaposition between her death and that of Hillarion? Well yes – a given – but there is also another reason – and it is this – Giselle has committed ‘suicide’ – which goes against the ‘faith’ so the church will not permit Giselle to be buried in ‘consecrated’ ground so by staging a suicide the logical reason is provided to justify why Giselle is buried in the woods in un-consecrated ground – and why her grave has a primitive ‘cross’ made of branches.

    The next aspect to consider is the mediaeval belief that ‘God never pays back debts in money’ – and since Hillarion (Teutonic for ‘brave in battle’) – in a fit of jealous rage - had unintentionally set off the chain of events that led to Giselle’s untimely death, he was ‘expecting the worst’ – plus he was beside himself with remorse. This leads to the situation where Hillarion goes to the lake (the semiology of the lake depicting ‘Earths all-seeing eye’).

    The next day, the villagers find Hillarion drowned – BUT – and it’s a BIG but (even bigger than that) – there are THREE sets of footprints at the scene – two sets of footprints going ‘towards’ the edge of the lake – and one set of footprints going ‘away’ from the lake – and no suicide note. This leads to at least seven conjectures – four of which are significant and get to the nub of the question, so must be considered.

    The first explanation: Hillarion walked to the lakeside – possibly to clear his head – retraced his steps – and then walked back – and in a fit of remorse and weighed down with guilt he threw himself into the lake and took his own life.

    The second explanation: Hillarion walked to the lake, made to return and retraced his steps, and was ‘spooked’ by the ‘willis’ (will-o-the wisp) - caused by plants and insects iridising in the moonlight - and he fled into the deep lake and drowned (as depicted in the ballet).

    The third explanation: That Hillarion was chased into the lake – where he drowned - and the footprints ‘leaving’ the lake are those of the pursuer. Now we have a ‘who dunnit’ ‘murder mystery’ on our hands that would make a cracking ballet.

    The fourth explanation: Did the prince and Hillarion accompany each other to the lakeside and then a row broke out and things went horribly wrong? We know the prince has a temper on him – which we see in act one when the prince goes to draw his sword when Hillarion confronts him – so we know that the prince would not have any hesitation in murdering Hillarion.

    Whatever the circumstances, Hillarion’s death fulfils the belief that ‘God never pays back debts in money’ – bearing in mind that this fable pre-dates by many centuries Thomas Paine’s masterwork ‘The age of reason’ which was instrumental in ‘waking up’ Britain and kick-starting the ‘age of reason’ – which led to the industrial revolution.

    We must now turn our attention to the apparition that the prince experiences. This could be considered a ‘nightmare’ – brought about by the prince’s guilt at playing his prank – not realising that he would ‘actually’ fall in love – and his meddling would have tragic consequences – and his nightmare was the soul’s way of reaching redemption so that he could recover from the tragic ordeal and move on.

    So far so good – but for one important aspect – in the original fable - the prince is not awakened from his slumber by the toll of a church bell – he is awakened by – wait for it – he is awakened by – are you ready for this – he is awakened by PRINCESS BATHILDE – the woman who graciously gave Giselle her necklace – and later walks away with indifference as Giselle passes away. Knowing this, you now have the motive, means, and method to compile a fifth plausible explanation of what happened to Hillarion.

    Peter Wright in his late twenties had terrific foresight and vision when he staged and choreographed Giselle by introducing these elements into the plot and concluding the narrative in the way that he has – because had it all ended with Princess Bathilde turning up to console the prince, it would have painted the prince as a philandering womaniser - Hillarion would be the hero - the whole moral point of busy-bodies interfering with and trashing people’s lives would have been lost – the ‘love scenes’ would be meaningless and empty; serve no purpose; and stand for nothing – there would not be any ‘motivation’ for Giselle to try to convince the willis to knock their pointless ‘self-harm’ on the head - the ballet would have been seen as a poor ‘joke’ (you’re having a laugh mate) - and in all likelihood - the ballet would have flopped. To have the foresight and vision to see all of this at such a young age is the genius of this remarkable man.

    Go and watch the encore and see teamwork, commitment, and drive of the highest order from EVERYONE as the artistes, orchestra, and technical crew all pull together to deliver the finest performance of Giselle that you will ever have the pleasure to see. Don’t make naïve comparisons - nothing comes close.

    Something to consider as an apotheosis to Giselle. Many people who see David Lean’s remarkable film ‘Brief Encounter’ (now available on BluRay and DVD fully restored by Martin Scorsese) believe the film to be a love story – its not – written by Noel Coward as a message to teach women the ‘signs’ to look out for, it depicts the antics of a vile womaniser who uses a sequence of ‘confidence tricks’ to bed his ‘mark’ – concluding with the ‘blow-off’ to get rid of the poor unfortunate soul who falls victim to his tricks.

    Does he succeed? Watch - see what happens – and learn from the heroine’s mistakes.

    Happy viewing.

  82. Felicity responded on 9 April 2016 at 5:59pm Reply

    I have seen literally dozens and dozens of Giselles over a period of more than 56 years, including some very great performances, and I was planning to see the ballet in the theatre danced by one of the, let's say, minor Russian touring companies very soon but after last Wednesday's screening in the cinema in southern Spain I am having second thoughts. What greater praise can I give to the whole company, but especially to Marianela and Vadim, (and to Peter Wright for his magnificent production) than to say that I cherish the memory of the performance so dearly that that is the one I want to hold in my mind. I don't want the memory to be soiled by seeing a subsequent surely inferior one so soon, so I am not going!!
    I add my voice to all those already calling for a DVD. Having a DVD of April 6th's wonderful performance will restore my faith every time I see an Act I of Giselle so badly produced and chopped up that I want to walk out of the theatre.

  83. Julie Quinn responded on 10 April 2016 at 7:12pm Reply

    It was brill is it on again

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 11 April 2016 at 10:24am

      Dear Julie,

      Some cinemas will be showing an encore screening of Giselle on April 17th. Please check your local listings to confirm if your cinema is taking part.

      Best wishes,


  84. We are trying to do a little campaign for DVD release of this special night.

    Will be a great thing for lovers of Marianela and Vadim.

    Can you give us news about DVD?

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 11 April 2016 at 10:29am

      Hi Elia,

      We're so glad you enjoyed the performance as much as we did. Unfortunately there are no plans to release a DVD, but we will of course announce on our social channels if this changes.

      Thank you for your support!

      All best,


  85. Joan Hopton responded on 10 April 2016 at 11:01pm Reply

    To Mel Spencer, ROH

    If for whatever reason a dvd is problematic (though I in conjunction with most people who've seen their performance think it is a necessity not a luxury) what about old-fashioned tv? To see this performance on tv over Christmas would certainly make my Christmas and render all other presents totally redundant. (Though to see it as soon as possible would be even better!)

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 11 April 2016 at 1:24pm

      Hi Joan,

      Thank you for your comment. At present there are no plans to broadcast this production on TV, but we will of course let you know if anything changes. So glad you enjoyed it!


  86. Kate responded on 11 April 2016 at 11:06am Reply

    A crying shame not to release a DVD. Not to capture these performances is just criminal. Can we know the reason why "there are no plans to release a DVD"?

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 11 April 2016 at 1:21pm


      We're so glad you enjoyed the production. Following the release of the Giselle DVD in 2014, there were no plans ahead of this year's cinema performance to release a DVD. The time it takes to arrange a DVD release ahead of a performance is significant - to decide, after a broadcast, to release a DVD is an equally long process. If anything changes, and we do decide to release a DVD, it may take some time to organise - but we will, of course, share any updates as soon as we can on social media.

      All the best,


  87. Stuart Dixon responded on 11 April 2016 at 12:03pm Reply

    So, having seen the response from your customers regarding the performance being copied to DVD, you choose to ignore us. You will keep it in an archive or on a hard drive somewhere but not share it with the people who pay your salary.

  88. michael Bryan responded on 11 April 2016 at 1:32pm Reply

    Absolutely brilliant i personally adore ballet and would love to make it every week it is an ideal way more making ballet pay by performing. Get northern ballet enrolled it is thrilling for me to see the dancers practising stretching upon pointe etcs dancing dancing dancing the more we have at the cinema the better. i would go twice even three time a week

  89. Stuart Dixon responded on 11 April 2016 at 2:10pm Reply

    ENB issued a digital copy of La Corsaire when they received a demand for it and then followed it up later with a DVD. I would have said that the RB are ahead of them in this digital age so why can't you do the same. You cannot deny the demand is their, I have never seen more people asking for it, more than asked for the Osipova/Acosta Giselle so, if it does take a little time then we will wait, the sooner you start the sooner you will finish. Get on with it, you are always asking for donations, I received one this morning for the costume department, so send me the DVD and you can give the money to them.

  90. Nicola responded on 11 April 2016 at 10:32pm Reply

    Whatever happened to listening to your customers?? People want this yet you are denying it to them, and neglecting to make this wonderful performance available to all, which can do nothing but enhance the reputation of the Royal Ballet. Disgraceful.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 12 April 2016 at 9:41am

      Hi Nicola,

      Our audiences' feedback and comments are very much welcomed.

      As you'll be aware, we have released a performance of Giselle on DVD/Blu-Ray relatively recently and so prior to the cinema relay there were no plans to release another. The release of a DVD/Blu-Ray is extremely complex with edits, rights and distribution just some of the elements that need to be completed prior to going on-sale, as well as the issue of associated costs. The process and agreements in regards to these aren't necessarily the same as a cinema relay.

      Of course, if this does change (or if the recording is released in another format) these pages and our social media accounts will be the first to confirm the details so do watch this space!

      Thanks very much for your comments,


  91. elleG responded on 11 April 2016 at 10:51pm Reply

    What surprises greatly about the subject of issuing a DVD of the Nunez/Muntagirov Giselle is the speed at which we have been told that this is unlikely. Given the virtually unprecedented clamour on this and other social media, it would surely have been politic to indicate that (while the process was complex) the situation was under active review and 'watch this space' etc etc. Another reason for getting out a DVD this time could be to reinforce to customers that the face of the RB is in transition and the future is as bright as the past. Nunez continues but Acosta is gone; and long live the amazing Muntagirov!

  92. Marc Gibe responded on 12 April 2016 at 10:32am Reply

    It's just so sad that only two DVDs were released having Marianela on the lead role (Swan Lake and La Fille Mal Gardee). I excluded La Bayadere with Rojo, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty with Cojocaru. Nunez deserves more than that.

    Aside from the people's clamor for this Giselle (Nunez and Muntagirov), you should have also released a dvd of Prince of the Pagodas (Nunez, Bonelli, Rojo); and Manon (Nunez and Bonelli).

    Now i am really hoping you cast Nunez in the title role of Anastasia and put it in DVD. Give her what she truly deserves! She's the gem of Royal Ballet!

  93. Nicola responded on 12 April 2016 at 10:38am Reply

    I seem to remember that there were no plans to release the Osipova/Golding Swab Lake, but you released it due to demand (which wasn't as high as this). So I see no reason why you cannot do it for this version of Giselle when people are clamouring for it.

  94. Stuart Dixon responded on 13 April 2016 at 10:17am Reply

    I am not giving up with this. On the 6th April one of you colleagues, a Mr/Miss Spencer said you were looking at different on-line and on-demand options for productions and for us to watch this space. Well, I have been watching it for a week now and nothing further has been said. This would not in any way replace a DVD, it seems it is too much effort for your organisation to arrange this, so perhaps you could advise us if any decisions have been made.

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 13 April 2016 at 6:06pm

      Hi Stuart,

      Thanks for your message. Unfortunately, there are still no plans to release a DVD, and any change to this decision takes a significant amount of planning time. We are still looking into other options for online or on-demand broadcast - which may of course be a slightly longer term solution - but we will let you know if anything changes.

      All the best,


  95. Nicola responded on 13 April 2016 at 12:44pm Reply

    Furthermore, these are dancers who you need to promote and deserve to be promoted. Only releasing DVDs including a few of your dancers doesn't show the diversity of talent in the RB and smacks of only promoting certain dancers at the expense of others.

  96. Manon1753 responded on 13 April 2016 at 1:02pm Reply

    Interesting, this deserved clamour for a DVD of the Nunez/Muntagirov Giselle. And whereas indeed, there may be (competing) rights issues, that cannot come as a surprise to the ROH. Particularly as the ROH seems to be perfectly happy selling other companies' Giselles (and Lakes and Beauties etc etc). I would gladly buy the Nunez/Muntagirov DVD and send it to various friends who have not had the opportunity to see it at the cinema - and keep one for myself. For Christmas?? And/or take up the other suggestion made here repeatedly, dear ROH, and give us an Encore on TV for Christmas.

  97. Kate E responded on 13 April 2016 at 3:19pm Reply

    So it's complicated! So are a lot of things in life. I do wish you'd stop telling us how difficult it is and how it wasn't planned etc
    etc and just listen to your patrons and get on with it. Please, no more ifs, buts and maybes - just do it!

  98. Stuart Dixon responded on 13 April 2016 at 5:56pm Reply

    Don't you just love this can do attitude which is not being displayed by these employees. I think we need a root and branch investigation here, fully transparent. They say if this decision is changed then they will let us know, so who will make that decision and lets get him/her on here and not see him/her hiding behind anonymity.Whose decision is this and a name please.

  99. Nicola responded on 13 April 2016 at 8:24pm Reply

    Hear hear Stuart Dixon! The excuses are starting to seem a bit thin. They managed it for the Osipova Swan Lake, which was apparently "unplanned" so why not this? It seems the ROH don't actually care about what their customers want. I would accept the fact that the DVD may take some time to arrange and release (given that it wasn't planned) if I knew that it was coming.
    I'm wondering now if all these comments are actually being passed on to the decision makers? I would like to see some guarantee that they are, and not just being "screened" by employees at a lower level....

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 14 April 2016 at 11:14am

      Hi Nicola,

      I can assure you that your comments are being passed on to the decision-makers. We're still exploring all options and will let you know if anything changes.

      Kind regards,


  100. ML responded on 14 April 2016 at 7:47am Reply

    Nunez and Muntagirov DVD please!

    • Nicola responded on 14 April 2016 at 1:16pm

      Thank you for responding, Mel, and your reassurance is welcome. The rest of my comments still stand, along with everyone else's...

  101. Kate responded on 14 April 2016 at 7:36pm Reply

    An online service with access to download/stream previous broadcasts would be amazing! I would happily pay for that service. If you're truly considering it, consider this a massive vote for the idea :)

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 15 April 2016 at 10:04am

      Hi Kate,

      Thanks for your feedback. This is something we're currently exploring for both Royal Opera and Royal Ballet titles - do watch this space!



  102. Bill Woolhouse responded on 15 April 2016 at 12:19pm Reply

    A superb performance all round.
    Nunez was heartbreaking
    Muntagirov's entrechats were the most mezmerizing I have ever seen since Baryshnikov.The Royal's corps de ballet are the best in the world.
    Oh,and get rid of the naf presenter,he should stick to football.

  103. Wil Hussaarts responded on 15 April 2016 at 5:02pm Reply

    Please do a dvd as I know nothing about downloading or stream. I am not the youngest anymore.

  104. Nicola responded on 15 April 2016 at 6:26pm Reply

    If you are going to consider downloading or streaming, please make sure it is on a platform compatible with different devices. Digital Theatre, for instance, doesn't work on my Android tablet, which leaves me the option of watching on my iPhone - really not good!
    A DVD would be much better as there are numerous people either with no access to the technology required for online access, or not comfortable with it. Please consider all your customers.

  105. marilyn weston responded on 17 April 2016 at 5:49pm Reply

    just seen giselle,encore at the cinema,absolutely breathtaking,vadim out of this world,but I did see it at the theatre and it was fabulous,nunez and ospisova best giselles ever,please a dvd of this cast

  106. Simon Smith responded on 19 April 2016 at 7:27pm Reply

    Many thanks to all at Royal Ballet for the wonderful Giselle run. Highlights for me were:
    The opening night's PD6 also captured in the cinema performance - do hope next time Francesca, Yasmine and Yuhui get the opportunity to dance Giselle;
    Vadim's Albrecht in the cinema;
    Akane's last night Giselle and the so well deserved bouquets for all the corps;
    Reimagining Giselle which provided new perspectives and such a tantalising taster of Yasmine's Giselle.
    I guess ultimately Kevin O'Hare has the unenviable task of casting when he has so many talented dancers. Carry on the great work and so looking forward to more Winter's Tales, Frankenstein etc.
    It would be great to have a DVD to add to the collection: even better would be to have a policy for extending access to RB's video archives.

  107. Leigh responded on 20 April 2016 at 8:24am Reply

    Very very lucky seeing Nunez and Muntagirov's performance in ROH. Words just CANNOT describe how Good and Beautiful Marienela Nunez's Giselle. Vadim Muntagirov was simply awesome too. A DVD of the Nunez/Muntagirov Giselle would comfort all ballet lovers! Many Thanks for every single effort towards this in advance.

  108. Timmie responded on 22 April 2016 at 9:06am Reply

    Come on ROH, let’s have a DVD you know you want to.

  109. Sylvia Williams responded on 26 April 2016 at 10:35am Reply

    Terrific. Just so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. Watched in Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre - a lovely venue.

  110. Loved Giselle,this is one of my favourite ballets & found this performance very moving. It was fantastic to see Peter Wright. Thought the pas de six terrific as well as principals.
    I saw Sylvie Guillem love in opera house dance this role & this compaered. It is fantastic to be able to access these productions in Galway in West of Ireland. Thank you & also hope there wil be a DVD

  111. Claude F.. Margouleff responded on 2 May 2016 at 4:42am Reply

    Experienced It today from
    The Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington New York today...
    It was a special experience.....words cannot always describe what happens during a live's subjective after all...
    It was the next best thing to being there...
    Thank you it was extraudinary in many many ways...

  112. Nicola responded on 6 May 2016 at 4:16pm Reply

    ...and we haven't forgotten about the DVD.... the demand is there - please listen to your public (for once) and bring one out.

  113. Amy responded on 26 May 2016 at 12:02pm Reply

    Dear ROH - how can it be that people are asking for a Giselle DVD / streaming option left, right and center, and are being more or less ignored, but Frankenstein (which was *great*, don't get me wrong) gets one with much less demand? I don't find that very transparent and would be grateful for some clarification.

    (It's just that Giselle is my favourite ballet and I have all the DVDs and have seen it so often. But the ROH version with Nunez/Muntagirov was by far the *best* I have ever seen and I now can't go and see any other version any more. A DVD would help massively...otherwise I'd be spoilt for life :-P )

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 27 May 2016 at 10:58am

      Hi Amy,
      Thanks for your comment.
      We're producing a DVD of the new production Frankenstein because we like to have a broad collection of recordings from our repertory. Do stay tuned on the news section of our website and our social media channels for upcoming releases.
      All best,

    • Amy responded on 28 May 2016 at 4:25pm

      Dear Rose,

      thanks for taking the time to reply. I will continue watching both media channels and the website for news then, and keeping my fingers crossed for positive news.
      Thanks again!

  114. Angela responded on 27 May 2016 at 11:51pm Reply

    Please, please, please!!!!! Release a DVD of this fantastic, incredible version of Giselle. the best Giselle ever! And Vadim was incredilble!

  115. Linday Brown responded on 24 June 2016 at 6:23am Reply

    PLEASE release on DVD - as a ballet teacher this is inspiring to show young dancers. The best Giselle I have seen. Please do a dvd.

  116. still waiting for streaming and/or DVD heart would bleed out if this one were to go straight to the archives. :-(

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 13 October 2016 at 3:27pm

      Hi Amy,
      Thanks for your comment. The DVD is due to be released in Spring 2017.
      All best wishes,

  117. Hugh Axton responded on 1 November 2016 at 1:12am Reply

    I saw the cinema streaming of Giselle on 6th April having already seen the same cast dance at the ROH on 22nd March. I am an unreconstructed Marianela nut, she is quite literally the back bone of the Royal Ballet and not to have produced a DVD while she is still in her prime and Vadim also at his prime would quite seriously have been a crime. Also the whole of the Royal Ballet corps was at it very best. Reading the 140 comments I was beginning to wonder what the management of the RB was thinking in not producing the DVD, after all the recording had been made. So you can imagine my absolute delight on reading that a DVD is to be released in the spring. Presents for next year will not be a problem thank you, thank you, thank you so very much Hugh Axton, Walmer, Kent.
    PS No cinema in Deal or Walmer so I have to go to Thanet where I have only seen at most 6 children in the past 3 years. Another reason why a DVD was essential.

  118. I somehow see this only now. That's amazing news, so delighted. Thank you so much, ROH. You made my day!

  119. Hugh Axton responded on 26 November 2017 at 10:44pm Reply

    I have just watched a short youtube extract of the mad scene danced by Nela in 2004 and the comments after that pleaded for a DVD, her exquisitely perfect dancing and acting deserved a wider audience. It is therefore even more inexplicable that it took 140 comments most of them asking for the DVD before the decision was changed and a DVD was promised. It was produced in March 2017 and goodness what a joy.

  120. Hugh Axton responded on 26 November 2017 at 11:26pm Reply

    My apologies, I of course should have typed "Nela in 2014 . However the comments remain apposite.

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