English National Ballet: Akram Khan’s Giselle U

Hailed as ‘a masterpiece of 21st century dance' from English National Ballet, Akram Khan’s Giselle comes to cinemas for the first time in 2018, giving ballet fans the opportunity to see this award-winning production in glorious high definition on the big screen. One of the greatest romantic ballets, Giselle has been re-imagined by celebrated choreographer Akram Khan with Artistic Director and Lead Principal of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo, dancing the role of Giselle, one of a community of migrant workers cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory. With staging and costumes by Academy Award-winning Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), the ballet has won an Olivier Award and the South Bank Sky Arts Award for English National Ballet, received rapturous 5-star reviews and was sold out when performed at London's Sadler's Wells. Filmed live at the Liverpool Empire in October 2017, Akram Khan’s Giselle is directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon.

Co-produced by Manchester International Festival and Sadler’s Wells. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.



Tamara Rojo Giselle

James Streeter Albrecht

Jeffrey Cirio Hilarion

Stina Quagebeur Myrtha, Queen of the Willis



Akram Khan Direction & Choreography

Tim Yip Visual & Costume Design

Vincenzon Lamagna Music, after the original score by Adolphe Adam

Mark Henderson Lighting Design

Ruth Little Dramaturgy




“English National Ballet dance this Giselle with total conviction, from Rojo’s stubborn heroine to the driven, driving corps de ballet.”

***** The Independent

“Giselle has been transformed for the ENB by Akram Khan into the ballet event of the year. Staggeringly beautiful and utterly devastating, it is an electrifying triumph which any dance or theatre fan must not miss”

***** The Daily Express

“Akram Khan’s stunning re-imagining is destined to become a contemporary classic.”

***** The Stage

“Khan’s choreography has never looked better. Working with such finely tuned ballet dancers has given his movement more uplift.”

**** The Times

“This is an epic Giselle, and a triumph.”

**** Evening Standard

“The whole ballet is magnificently danced and it is...a gift for ENB”

**** The Guardian

“The ballet is a beautiful and intelligent remaking of the beloved classic”

New York Times

  • Tickets from: £11.00 - £12.50
  • Running Time: 3 hours and 45 minutes including two intervals
  • Showing Times: Wednesday 25 April at 7.00pm
  • Genre: Ballet
  • First showing: 25/04/2018
  • Last showing: 25/04/2018