English Youth Ballet present Giselle – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

English Youth Ballet (EYB) return to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Fri 3 – Sat 4 Apr with their romantic production of Giselle and a company made up of 8 professional principals and 100 selected dancers (aged 8 – 18) from the local area. The young dancers are some of the top talents from the local area, who could, like many other ex‐EYB young performers, end up in some of the world’s best companies – including the Royal Ballet.


EYB has built a national reputation for the quality of both its full‐length classical ballets and mixed bill programmes. The opportunity to watch English Youth Ballet (EYB) is a unique experience. Sell‐out audiences are treated to beautiful international principal artists sharing the stage with the top up‐and‐coming young talent. EYB’s large cast ensures their ballets are performed with the scale and grandeur which was originally intended. 


The story is set in the Edwardian era on an English country estate and has a Downton Abbey flavour. The young governess Giselle, falls in love with the aristocratic Albert who betrays her. She dies of a broken heart. Giselle’s ghost chooses to protect Albert as he visits her leafy graveside. In the forest live the macabre Wili Spirits ‐ the ghosts of other young women who rise from the grave each night. They will stop at nothing to take their revenge on the menfolk of the town who cross their paths.


The inventive choreography is faithful to the well‐loved original version and was created by Janet Lewis MBE – EYB’s Artistic Director – and her team. The classic stage designs were created by Keith Bish. The evocative musical score was composed especially for the ballet, in 1841, by the great master Adolphe Adam. An extra section of music by Adam, that is rarely heard, has been added for the Hunt Scene. In this section the exquisite music can be likened to the sound of galloping horses.


The professional principal dancers have joined EYB from some of the world’s most renowned ballet companies – including the English National Ballet, Northern Ballet Theatre and Ballet Theatre UK. British principal dancers include Phillip Tunstall & Ann Wall. Mark Biocca is an Italian principal dancer, Brenden Bratulic is from Australia, Clare Corruble is from France and Ilana Werner is from Russia.


Tickets for this beautiful production are available now. Call 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee. Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge) or visit atgtickets.com/aylesbury (bkg fee).

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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