Accessibility links

|

Sign In
Basket
Basket

Bennet Gartside

Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Bennet Gartside in action.
Bennet Gartside in The Concert, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

English dancer Bennet Gartside is a Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet and Video Archive Manager for the Company. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and on graduation in 1995 joined the Company as an Artist, promoted to First Artist in 2000, Soloist in 2002, First Soloist in 2007 and Principal Character Artist in 2017.

Gartside was born in Lancaster and started dancing aged seven, attending lessons with his older sister. He trained at the Sharon Harrison School of Dance before joining The Royal Ballet Lower School. For his graduation performance he danced Two Pigeons with Laura Morera, Mayuko Maeda and Will Kemp. His roles with the Company include Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Ivan Tsarevich (The Firebird), Leontes (The Winter’s Tale), Mercutio, Tybalt, Friar Laurence and Escalus (Romeo and Juliet), Widow Simone (La Fille mal gardée), Hilarion (Giselle), Prince Gremin (Onegin), Lescaut, Gaoler and Monsieur G.M. (Manon), Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker), Husband (The Concert) Von Rothbart (Swan Lake), Zuñiga (Carmen), Husband (Anastasia) and roles in Ballet Imperial, La Valse, Sinfonietta, Judas Tree, Song of the Earth, Dances at a Gathering, Scènes de ballet, Theme and Variations and Ceremony of Innocence. His role creations include Walter Sickert (Sweet Violets), Father (Hansel and Gretel), Quant (The Age of Anxiety) and Alphonse (Frankenstein) for Liam Scarlett, Antigonus (The Winter’s Tale) for Christopher Wheeldon and in Twyla Tharp’s Mr Worldly Wise, Will Tuckett’s The Crucible, Cathy Marston’s Traces, Alastair Marriott’s Tanglewood and Scarlett’s Of Mozart, Asphodel Meadows and Consolations and Liebestraum.

Gartside is a filmmaker and maintains The Royal Ballet’s video archive. He also works as a ballet teacher.

Videos

News and features

Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

9 July 2017
Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

The Royal Ballet announces Company promotions and joiners for the 2017/18 Season.

What happens when a man dances on pointe?

8 June 2017
What happens when a man dances on pointe?

Dancing on the very tips of your toes is traditionally something only female ballet dancers do – but sometimes men get to wear pointe shoes for a change, with unusual results…

International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

26 January 2015
International ballet stars to perform at Ann Maguire Gala on 22 March 2015

Evening of world class dance to honour the life of Ann Maguire and celebrate her legacy.

Photos

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Itziar Mendizabal as Olga and Bennet Gartside as Kulygin in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Juliet, Bennet Gartside as Friar Laurence and Cesar Corrales as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Mica Bradbury as a Harlot and Gary Avis as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Kristen McNally and Bennet Gartside in rehearsal for Enigma Variations, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside and Kristen McNally in rehearsal for Enigma Variations, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera and Bennet Gartside in rehearsal for Coppélia, The Royal Ballet

Elizabeth McGorian as the Queen and Bennet Gartside as Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Tara Brigitte-Bhavnani and Bennet Gartside in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside as The Husband in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside as Leontes and Marianela Núñez as Hermione in Act III of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside as Gamache and members of The Royal Ballet in Don Quixote

Bennet Gartside as Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Tristan Dyer, Alexander Campbell, Steven McRae, Bennet Gartside, Christina Arestis, Alastair Marriott, Genesia Rosato, Christopher Saunders, Thomas Whitehead, Erico Montes and Eric Underwood in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Romany Pajdak and Bennet Gartside in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside as Escalus in Romeo and Juliet

Tamara Rojo and Bennet Gartside in Asphodel Meadows

Yohei Sasaki, Johannes Stepanek, Bennet Gartside in Jewels

Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote and Bennet Gartside as Gamache in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Juliet and Bennet Gartside as Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Luca Acri as Mercutio and Bennet Gartside as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside as Tybalt and Luca Acri as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Elizabeth McGorian and Bennet Gartside in rehearsal for Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside and Akane Takada in The Dream.

Bennet Gartside as Bottom and Akane Takada as Titania in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera, Steven McRae, Tristan Dyer and Bennet Gartside in Liam Scarlett's The Age of Anxiety

Bennet Gartside as Leontes, Valeri Hristov as Polixenes and Marianela Núñez as Hermione in Act I of The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet

Tamara Rojo and Bennet Gartside in Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside

Laura Morera as The Wife and Bennet Gartside as The Husband in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside as Bottom and Roberta Marquez as Titania in The Dream, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside in Romeo and Juliet

Bennet Gartside and Steven McRae in Symphony in C

Bennet Gartside and Tamara Rojo in rehearsal for Asphodel Meadows

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Enigma Variations, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside as Edward Elgar and Kristen McNally as The Lady (C.A.E.) in Enigma Variations, The Royal Ballet