Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle ©ROH / Bill Cooper, 2014


4 November3 December 2021
The performance lasts about 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one interval.
Main Stage
Ballet and dance

Giselle is the classic ballet of the Romantic era – and, for the dancer performing the title role, one of the greatest challenges in the repertory. Peter Wright’s production, a classic itself, perfectly achieves the dual aspects of the ballet, moving from the naivety of young love between Giselle and Albrecht in the village setting of Act I to the ethereal Wilis in Act II’s eerie moonlit forest. Rich in vivid character detail and poignant depth of feeling, Giselle is a reminder of ballet’s power to move and thrill.

Approximate running times
Act I: 55 minutes
Interval: 25 minutes
Act II: 55 minutes

Generous philanthropic support from

Julia and Hans Rausing, the Paul Ferguson Memorial Fund, Aud Jebsen, Simon and Virginia Robertson, the Royal Opera House Endowment Fund and the Patrons of Covent Garden


Watch on ROH Stream from Friday 3 December 2021.



The peasant girl Giselle discovers the true, high-born identity of her lover Albrecht – and that he is promised to another.

In despair at the revelation of Albrecht’s infidelity, Giselle kills herself. Her soul enters the ranks of the Wilis – shades of young women who died before their wedding day. All men that come across their path are compelled to dance themselves to death, and Albrecht falls into their trap. Through Giselle’s love from beyond the grave her intercession saves him and also releases her soul from the Wilis’ power.


Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.


CompanyThe Royal Ballet

ChoreographyMarius Petipa after Jean Coralli

MusicAdolphe Adam

Edited byLars Payne

ScenarioThéophile Gautier after Heinrich Heine

ProductionPeter Wright

Additional choreographyPeter Wright

DesignerJohn Macfarlane

Original lightingJennifer Tipton

Lighting re-created byDavid Finn


There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.

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