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English National Ballet Akram Khan’s Giselle

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A group of female ballet dancers standing en pointe in a line on dark-lit stage. They wear long chiffon dresses.

The iconic ballet, reimagined.


Following acclaimed performances around the world, and sold-out shows in Manchester and Bristol in 2023, Akram Khan’s Giselle returns to Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London for the first time in five years.

As the curtain rises, dancers in shadow push against a forbidding wall. From that moment on, this ground-breaking production stuns with powerful images.

Mesmerising choreography, atmospheric lighting by Mark Henderson and a towering set by Academy Award-winner Tim Yip conjure up a condemned factory and the vengeful ghosts that appear in its shadows.

The ominous score by Vincenzo Lamagna – adapted from the original by Adolphe Adam and performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic – intensifies the story’s emotional impact.

See the greatest romantic ballet and its story of love, betrayal, and redemption, boldly reimagined.

Find out more about Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Akram Khan here.

Never seen Giselle before? Read the synopsis here (spoilers within).

Header image © Laurent Liotardo

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Audio Described Performances There are a limited number of Stalls seats reserved for partially sighted patrons, and headsets available for those wishing to listen to the audio description, please email tickets@sadlerswells.com if you wish to book these options
Touch Tour To accompany the Audio Described performance, visually impaired patrons can go on a Touch Tour before the performance. Your tour guide will take you backstage, or onto the stage itself, to feel costumes and pieces of the set and learn more about the production. To find out touch tour times, please contact our Ticket Office at tickets@sadlerswells.com or by calling 020 7863 8000.

It may well rank as a masterpiece of 21st century danceTHE MAIL ON SUNDAY

Ghostly reimagining is a triumph of pure stagecraft★★★★★ EVENING STANDARD

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

From the opening second of Khan’s vital and visceral reworking, the audience is riveted in their seats and ravished mind, body and soul.★★★★★ THE DAILY EXPRESS

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Audience reactions to Akram Khan’s Giselle

“By far the most beautiful and powerful experience I’ve ever had in a theater.”

“Mesmerising, raw, incredibly powerful, with a ferocious tribal energy, great sadness, tenderness, love.”

“Akram Khan’s Giselle in one word… breathtaking! I have never seen an audience so transfixed.” 

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Audio Described Performances There are a limited number of Stalls seats reserved for partially sighted patrons, and headsets available for those wishing to listen to the audio description, please email tickets@sadlerswells.com if you wish to book these options
Touch Tour To accompany the Audio Described performance, visually impaired patrons can go on a Touch Tour before the performance. Your tour guide will take you backstage, or onto the stage itself, to feel costumes and pieces of the set and learn more about the production. To find out touch tour times, please contact our Ticket Office at tickets@sadlerswells.com or by calling 020 7863 8000.
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