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 Deux 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 (Manon), Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker), 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.
News and features
The Royal Ballet announces Company promotions and joiners for the 2017/18 Season.
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Evening of world class dance to honour the life of Ann Maguire and celebrate her legacy.
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
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
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
Bennet Gartside as Escalus in Romeo and Juliet
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
Romany Pajdak and Bennet Gartside in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet
Tamara Rojo and Bennet Gartside in Asphodel Meadows
Yohei Sasaki, Johannes Stepanek, Bennet Gartside in Jewels
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
Christopher Saunders as Don Quixote and Bennet Gartside as Gamache in Don Quixote, 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
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 and Steven McRae in Symphony in C
Bennet Gartside in Romeo and Juliet
Tamara Rojo and Bennet Gartside in Asphodel Meadows, The Royal Ballet
Bennet Gartside and Tamara Rojo in rehearsal for Asphodel Meadows
Bennet Gartside, Tristan Dyer, Steven McRae and Laura Morera in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety
Yuhui Choe, Johannes Stepanek and Bennet Gartside in Agon, The Royal Ballet
Anna Rose O'Sullivan as Clara and Bennet Gartside as Herr Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet
Bennet Gartside as Kulygin and Marianela Nuñez as Masha in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet
Tristan Dyer, Nicol Edmonds, Bennet Gartside and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Concert, The Royal Ballet
Bennet Gartside as Gamache in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet
Bennet Gartside and Christina Arestis in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet
Helen Crawford, Laura Morera and Bennet Gartside in rehearsal for Anastasia, The Royal Ballet
The cast in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety
Laura Morera and Bennet Gartside in The Winter's Tale