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Cinemas in Portsmouth and Fareham will show a live performance of the Royal Ballet production of Giselle from the Royal Opera House in London next week.

It will be the first cinema showing by Opus Arte of the poignant romantic ballet set to music by French composer Adolphe Adam.

Starring Royal Ballet principals Marianela Nuez and Rupert Pennefather, the ballet is set in a medieval Rhineland village and tells of a gentle peasant girl who is driven to her death when deceived by her aristocratic lover, Albrecht.

Filled with remorse, he visits her moonlit grave where he is condemned to death by ghostly spirits. But Giselle's love transcends death and she protects Albrecht until the safety of the dawn.

Moving from happy peasant village scenes into a beautiful but eerie world of ghostly spirits, Giselle is staged with designs catching both its folklore and supernatural aspects.

Giselle can be seen at Vue in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth and at the Apollo, Fareham, on Wednesday (7.15pm).