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Spring 2014
Summer 2014

By venue


Birmingham Hippodrome
Buxton Opera House
Durham Gala
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Hall for Cornwall, Truro
Sunderland Empire Theatre
The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
The Lighthouse, Poole
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe

By show


Beauty and the Beast
Darkness and Light
IDFB 2014 Programme One
IDFB 2014 Programme Two
La Fille mal gardée
North tour spring 2014
South tour spring 2014

Giselle story guide



ACT I  |  ACT II


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A Rhineland village
Count Albrecht loves Giselle, a peasant girl, though she knows him only as a villager named Loys. Giselle's mother, Berthe, hopes that her daughter will marry Hilarion, a forester who is devoted to Giselle, and warns her against Loys. But Giselle disregards Hilarion, and joins with her beloved in the celebrations that mark the end of the grape harvest.

When Albrecht's squire secretly warns his master of the approach of a hunting party, Hilarion observes them and managers to break into Loys's cottage, seeking to learn the secret of Loys's identity. The hunting party arrives, led by the Duke of Courland and his daughter Bathilde, Albrecht's future bride, who are staying at Albrecht's castle. They seek rest in Berthe's cottage and Bathilde, charmed by Giselle, gives her a necklace. The Duke orders a hunting horn to be left so that his courtiers may be summoned in due course, and this provides Hilarion with proof of Loys's identity as he compares the crests on the horn and on a sword he has found in Loys's cottage.

Just as Giselle is crowned Queen of the Vintage, Hilarion reveals the truth about Loys. When Bathilde returns and claims Albrecht as her fiancé, the shock is too much for Giselle and she loses her reason. In her madness she re-lives her love for Loys and, seizing his sword, she kills herself.

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