From January 6-11, Chichester Festival Theatre plays host to the Moscow City Ballet and a double bill of Giselle and The Nutcracker.
Giselle is a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering her lover is betrothed to another. The Wilis, a group of supernatural women, summon Giselle from her grave.
The Nutcracker, with music by Tchaikovsky, tells the story of Marie, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve which turns into a prince.
Founded in 1988 by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, who died in 2013, Moscow City Ballet remains in the safe hands of his wife Ludmila Neroubashchenko. She says: ‘We are thrilled UK audiences want us back so soon. We are bringing more dancers, more staging and more costumes.’
Performances will be accompanied by the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra.
Giselle is on January 6-7, The Nutcracker is on January 8-11. Tickets: £14-£35, visit cft.org.uk or call the box office on 01243 781 312.