Playhouse, QPAC

#A supernatural tale of passion, vengeance, and the power of love

Experience love, envy, betrayal, and tragic redemption in the celebrated romantic ballet, Giselle. First performed in Paris, France in 1841, this Romantic-era masterpiece is set in an ethereal realm where vengeful spirits dance in the darkness, and love triangles can be deadly.

Young Giselle is a peasant girl in love with Duke Albrecht, who courts her in disguise as a peasant boy. Gamekeeper Hilarion is in love with Giselle and filled with jealousy. When he finds out the Duke is engaged to another, he reveals Albrecht's deception to Giselle. Devastated, she dies of a broken heart. Deep in the moonlit forest, Giselle emerges in the twilight world of the Wilis who rise from dusk ‘til dawn seeking vengeance among men. Giselle is faced with an impossible decision: will she follow the dark path of revenge or save her true love from certain death?

Staged by Ai-Gul Gaisina. With luminous costumes, an enchanting score, and exquisite choreography derived in the late 19th and early 20th century from of the original production by Jean Corelli and Jules Perrot by the world-renowned Marius Petipa for the Imperial Ballet in St Petersburg, Giselle has held audiences spellbound since its Parisian première more than 150 years ago.

"This is THE romantic ballet." Scene Magazine 
"… a visual feast of pure classical ballet." The Blurb 
" … outstanding dancing" The Australian 


Read more about the production creatives.

Ai-Gul Gaisina

Ai-Gul Gaisina


Marius Petipa


Nigel Gaynor

Nigel Gaynor


Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra

Music Performers

Peter Cazalet

Peter Cazalet

Sets & Costumes Designer

Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes

Lighting Designer


See full price details here.


30 years & under$96


30 years & under$108


5+ people from$78
School group$35
Schools only matinee$25

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Playhouse, QPAC 

Russell St, South Brisbane,
Brisbane QLD 4101


Approximately 2 hours, including a 20-minute interval


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  • Q&A
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Group Bookings

QPAC offers a dedicated groups sales team for schools and group bookings via the QPAC website. Alternatively you can call the QPAC team on (07) 3840 7466 or email

Post show Q&A

Q&A Post show panel discussion with creatives and dancers. Held on Saturday 23rd April after 1.30pm show. This session will be AUSLAN interpreted.

Schools Matinee

Schools only matinee will be held on Friday 22nd April at 12.30pm. Curated specifically for students and teachers, this abridged performance runs for approximately 70 minutes, including a post-show Q&A, providing first-hand insights into the show from our creatives.

Centre Stage - Seniors

Saturday 23 April 9am-10.15am

Experience ballet class and learn repertoire on stage led by Queensland Ballet Teaching Artists. Features Q&A with Queensland Ballet Artistic or Production Team member, light refreshments and access to view Company dancers take their daily ballet class - more details to come.

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#Giselle regional shows

See Giselle in 3 regional Queensland locations this year.

Toowoomba – Empire Theatre
Thursday 3 March, 7:30pm
Friday 4 March, 7:30pm

Cairns – Cairns Performing Arts Centre
Wednesday 9 March, 7:30pm

Maryborough – Brolga Theatre & Convention Centre
Wednesday 16 March, 7:30pm

#Full ticket details





Adult $120
Concession¹ $102
30 years & under² $96
Child³ $72
Family⁴ $276


Premium $78





Adult $135
Concession¹ $115
30 years & under² $108
Child³ $81
Family⁴ $320


Premium $90

School groups

Thu to Sat $35
Fri 22 Apr Matinee [Schools Only] $25
1 Teacher Free Per 10 Students

¹Full Pensioners, QLD Government Seniors Card, Industry (MEAA) Members, Full-time students over 30, Unemployed. National Seniors Card not applicable

²Aged 30 years old and under at the time of booking, ID required

³Aged 13 years old and under at the time of booking – children aged 18 months and over must hold a ticket

⁴2 Adults and 2 Children

Selected ticket delivery methods may incur an additional charge. The minimum price listed may be available for selected performances only. Please see the event calendar when booking for the available date(s) and time(s) of this performance.

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