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The Royal Ballet

One of the world’s greatest ballet companies

Under the directorship of Kevin O’Hare, the Company unites tradition and innovation in world-class performances at our Covent Garden home.

The Company’s extensive repertory embraces 19th-century classics, the singular legacy of works by Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan and a compelling new canon by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett.

The Royal Ballet is committed to enriching people’s lives through ballet.

Find out more about The Royal Ballet

Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet

Kevin O’Hare has been Director of The Royal Ballet since 2012.

Dancers of The Royal Ballet

Discover more about each of The Royal Ballet’s world-class dancers.

Koen Kessels, Music Director of The Royal Ballet

Conductor Koen Kessels has been Music Director of The Royal Ballet since 2015.

The Company choreographers

Three choreographers have permanent positions with The Royal Ballet: Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett.

Staff

Discover more about the support team behind the performances on stage.

Governors of the Royal Ballet Companies

The Governors are the custodians of the traditions established by Ninette de Valois with the founding of the School and Company in 1931.

The Royal Ballet’s history

Find out more about the Company’s founder Ninette de Valois and how she forged a British ballet tradition.

The Royal Ballet School

Founded in 1926 by Ninette de Valois, The Royal Ballet School is the official school of The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

The Royal Ballet

Patron: HM The Queen
President: HRH The Prince of Wales
Vice-President: The Lady Sarah Chatto

Director: Kevin O’Hare (Position generously supported by Lady Ashcroft)

Music Director: Koen Kessels

Resident Choreographer: Wayne McGregor CBE (Position generously supported by Linda and Philip Harley)

Artistic Associate: Christopher Wheeldon OBE (Position generously supported by Kenneth and Susan Green)

The Royal Ballet is one of the great ballet companies of the world. Under the leadership of Director Kevin O’Hare, grand balletic tradition and an illustrious heritage are united with innovation, daring and exceptional standards of artistry, creativity and stagecraft to produce supreme theatre. It is a beacon in the cultural life of Britain and a driving force behind the development of ballet as an artform. From the Company’s base at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden, today’s most dynamic and versatile dancers come together with a world-class orchestra and leading choreographers, composers, conductors, designers and creative teams to share an awe-inspiring theatrical experience with diverse audiences worldwide. The Company’s commitment to enriching people’s lives through ballet is reflected in the deep relationships it forges through digital and learning platforms and international touring. The extensive repertory of The Royal Ballet follows a unique trajectory from 19th-century classics to the singular legacy of works by Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton and Principal Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan and the compelling new canon of work by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor, Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon and Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. Along with innovative commissions and choreographic initiatives by The Royal Ballet Studio Programme and strong links with The Royal Ballet School, the Company continues to refresh and surprise.

Principals
Roberto Bolle*, Federico Bonelli, Alexander Campbell, Lauren Cuthbertson, Alessandra Ferri*, Mara Galeazzi*, Matthew Golding, Francesca HaywardRyoichi Hirano, Nehemiah Kish, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRaeLaura Morera, Vadim MuntagirovMarianela Nuñez, Natalia Osipova, Iana Salenko*, Thiago Soares, Akane TakadaEdward Watson and Zenaida Yanowsky.

*Guest Artist

News and features

  1. 6 June 2017

    Your Reaction: What did you think of The Royal Ballet's mixed programme of Ashton ballets?

    Audience reactions to The Dream / Symphonic Variations / Marguerite and Armand.

  2. 2 May 2017

    Watch: Rehearsals for The Royal Ballet's forthcoming programme of works by Ashton

    Join the Company as they prepare to perform three of Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton's best-loved works.

  3. 24 April 2017

    Watch: Rehearsals for The Royal Ballet's Symphonic Dances

    Choreographer Liam Scarlett gives a glimpse of his new ballet set to Rachmaninoff's remarkable score.