The immortal story of Giselle was first performed in the 1800s – but expect a new take on this tale of romance and doom by the English National Ballet, co-produced by Manchester International Festival and Sadler’s Wells. Choreographer, Akram Khan (pictured), is a big draw here, with credits that include aspects of the Olympic Games 2012 opening ceremony and the world premiere of his latest work opens in Manchester at the Palace Theatre in September 2016. He’s not the only star turn either with Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) working on costumes and set, and while composer Ben Frost will create a modern adaptation of Adolphe Adam’s music to be performed by the Ballet Philharmonic. Dramaturg Ruth Little and Olivier award-winning lighting designer Mark Henderson are also part of the creative team. After the success of ENB’s last collaboration with Khan on Dust, expect a critical meltdown over this new take on Giselle’s time-honoured themes of love, heartbreak and redemption.

Tue 27 Sep – Sat 1 Oct 2016, Palace Theatre, Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6FT. Tel: 0161 245 6600, various times, from £14,

Tue 27 Sep - Sat 1 Oct
Anna Georgieva
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Wed 28 Sep 2016