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Alexander Campbell

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Alexander Campbell in action.
Alexander Campbell in Connectome, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Australian dancer Alexander Campbell becomes a Principal of The Royal Ballet from the start of the 2016/17 Season. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and on graduation joined Birmingham Royal Ballet. He returned to The Royal Ballet as a Soloist in 2011 and was promoted to First Soloist the following year. His repertory with the Company includes Lescaut (Manon), Basilio (Don Quixote), Bratfisch (Mayerling), Lewis Carroll/White Rabbit and Magician/Mad Hatter (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Colas (La Fille mal gardée), Young Man (The Two Pigeons), Bluebird and Florestan (Sleeping Beauty), Hans-Peter/Nutcracker and Prince (The Nutcracker), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet), Bronze Idol (La Bayadère), Jack (Sweet Violets), Emble (The Age of Anxiety), Texan Kangeroo Rat (‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café) and roles in ‘Emeralds’ (Jewels), Voices of Spring, Concerto, In the Night, Polyphonia, Birthday Offering, Requiem, Connectome, Song of the Earth, Woolf Works and Within the Golden Hour. His role creations include Henry Clerval (Frankenstein) and in Obsidian Tear.

Campbell was born in Sydney and trained there at the Academy Ballet before joining The Royal Ballet School. In 2003 he won silver medal at the Genée International Ballet Competition and was a finalist in the Prix de Lausanne. In 2005 he graduated into BRB and was promoted to first artist in 2005, soloist in 2007 and first soloist in 2009, before joining The Royal Ballet. During his time with BRB his repertory included Romeo and Mercutio, Franz (Coppélia), Prince (The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and David Bintley’s Cinderella) and Petrushka, and he created the roles of Young Man (Michael Corder’s Le Baiser de la fée) and Celeritas2 (Bintley’s E=mc2). He also appeared as Mercutio for ‘Ballet Hoo!’, broadcast on Channel 4. He continues to make regular guest appearances with Australian Ballet and BRB.

There is a heritage of dance in Campbell’s family: his grandparents were both dancers with the then Ballet Rambert in the 1950s.

Videos

News and features

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016

Promotions and joiners have been announced for The Royal Ballet's 2016/17 Season.

Watch: World Ballet Day 2015 on demand

Watch: World Ballet Day 2015 on demand

2 October 2015

Five hours of rehearsals, interviews and behind the scenes insights from The Royal Ballet.

Watch: <em>Romeo and Juliet</em> rehearsal live-streamed on 11 September 2015

Watch: Romeo and Juliet rehearsal live-streamed on 11 September 2015

9 September 2015

Insights event features Sarah Lamb and Ryoichi Hirano rehearsing a pas de deux, and Alexander Campbell being coached through Mercutio's solos.

Photos

Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell, Akane Takada, Ryoichi Hirano

Alexander Campbell, Francesca Hayward, Ryoichi Hirano, Akane Takada

Steven McRae as The Creature, Federico Bonelli as Victor Frankenstein and Alexander Campbell as Clerval in Frankenstein.

Alexander Campbell and Emma Maguire in In the Night, The Royal Ballet

The Nutcracker: 'But' mime

The Nutcracker: 'I' mime

Alexander Campbell, Solomon Golding, Donald Thom, Sander Blommaert and Nicol Edmonds in Connectome, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera, Alexander Campbell and Tristan Dyer in Viscera, The Royal Ballet

Itziar Mendizabal, Alexander Campbell, Deidre Chapman and Johannes Stepanek in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet

Sander Blommaert, Ricardo Cervera, Donald Thom, Sarah Lamb, Solomon Golding, Alexander Campbell and Nicol Edmonds in Connectome, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell in Connectome, The Royal Ballet

Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Alice, Ricardo Cervera as The March Hare, Alexander Campbell as The Mad Hatter and James Wilkie as The Dormouse in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Alexander Campbell as Hans Peter and Francesca Hayward as Clara in The Nutcracker

Alexander Campbell and Yuhui Choe in Voices of Spring

Dawid Trzensimiech and Alexander Campbell in Polyphonia

Alexander Campbell as the Young Man, Yuhui Choe as the Young Girl and Itziar Mendizabal as the Gypsy Girl in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell, Sander Blommaert, Donald Thom, Solomon Golding and Nicol Edmonds in Connectome, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell as the Young Man, Yuhui Choe as Young Girl and Itziar Mendizabal as the Gypsy Girl in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell in Symphony in C, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell and Emma Maguire in In the Night, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell and Itziar Mendizabal in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet

Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Alice and Alexander Campbell as The Mad Hatter in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell and Sarah Lamb in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety

The Nutcracker: 'Asleep' mime

The Nutcracker: 'Afraid' mime

Alexander Campbell as Hans Peter in The Nutcracker

Emma Maguire and Alexander Campbell in The Nutcracker

Alexander Campbell

Alexander Campbell and Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Alexander Campbell and Roberta Marquez in rehearsals for Don Quixote

Jeanetta Laurence and Alexander Campbell at the ROH Cinema Season 2013/14 launch

Alexander Campbell as The Mad Hatter in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell as The Bronze Idol in La Bayadère

Alexander Campbell, Dawid Trzensimiech and Itziar Mendizabal

Yuhui Choe as the Young Girl and Alexander Campbell as the Young Man in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet