People have been monkeying about with Giselle in recent years. Derek Deane's English National Ballet set it in an Alpine hotel, Christopher Gable's Northern Ballet Theatre have just set it in a country under military occupation, but the Royal Ballet are happy to revive Peter Wright's excellent 1985 production which trusts the story of a jilted peasant girl who dies after her aristocratic beau betrays her and who is recruited into the terrifying band of ghostly Wilis. Tonight's Giselle is Viviana Durante, fresh from her year's sabbatical, and her cheating swain is Irek Mukhamedov.

Louise Levene