Theatre Review: Giselle Ballet at the Artscape

I love an evening at the ballet and one of my favourite’s is Giselle – the ultimate romantic ballet!

The good news for ballet lovers is that this enchanting ballet opens at Artscape in Cape Town on Friday 25 September featuring star dancers from the Royal Ballet in London and Cape Town City Ballet.

Laura Bösenberg & Thomas Thorne in GISELLE -- Photo by Pat Bromilow-Downing

The captivating tale of a young peasant girl who dies of a broken heart, and then returns as a supernatural spirit to protect her lover, has been entertaining audiences for over 170 years.

Considered one of most romantic ballets, Giselle was an instant success with the public when it first premiered in Paris in 1841 and it has remained an all-time favourite ever since.

With this season of Giselle, the Cape Town City Ballet continues to build on its collaboration, fostered over several decades, with companies in the UK, Europe and the USA. One of the world’s foremost dance partnerships, Hikaru Kobayashi and Federico Bonelli from the Royal Ballet in London, will be seen in the lead roles of Giselle and Albrecht at two performances.

For the other performances, Cape Town City Ballet’s own Laura Bösenberg and Angela Hansford will alternate as Giselle and Thomas Thorne and Daniel Szybkowski as Albrecht. Claire Spector and Jesse Milligan will debut in these roles at two performances. The role of Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, is shared by Kim Vieira, Rosamund Ford and Jane Fidler, while Hilarion will be danced by Xola Putye, Ivan Boonzaaier and Conrad Nusser. The role of Bathilde will be portrayed by Janet Lindup, the role of Giselle’s mother by Leanne Voysey and that of the Duke by Johnny Bovang.

The exquisite production is produced by Elizabeth Triegaardt and the original costume design is by Peter Cazalet. All but two of the performances in the Artscape Opera House will be accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Graham Scott.

CTCB 2015 - Giselle

I can’t wait to go along and enjoy the Cape Town City Ballet’s production of Giselle at Artscape in Cape Town. Performances are on from 25 Sept to 4 October and tickets from R100 – R300

Tickets can be purchased via Computicket or at Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695.


Fri 25 Sept @ 19h30 – Hikaru Kobayashi and Federico Bonelli
Sat 26 Sept @ 14h00 (no orchestra) – Angela Hansford and Daniel Szybkowski
Sat 26 Sept @ 19h30 (no orchestra) – Laura Bösenberg and Thomas Thorne
Sun 27 Sept @ 15h00 – Hikaru Kobayashi and Federico Bonelli
Wed 30 Sept @ 19h30 – Laura Bösenberg and Thomas Thorne
Fri 2 Oct @ 19h30 – Claire Spector and Jesse Milligan
Sat 3 Oct @ 14h00 – Laura Bösenberg and Thomas Thorne
Sat 3 Oct @ 19h30 – Angela Hansford and Daniel Szybkowski
Sun 4 Oct @ 15h00 – Claire Spector and Jesse Milligan

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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