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Bennet Gartside

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Bennet Gartside in action.
Deirdre Chapman and Bennet Gartside in Ceremony of Innocence, The Royal Ballet © 2014 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

English dancer Bennet Gartside is a First Soloist 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 and First Soloist in 2007. 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), Hilarion (Giselle), Prince Gremin (Onegin), Lescaut (Manon), Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker), Von Rothbart (Swan Lake), Escamillo (Carmen) 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. He created the roles of Walter Sickert (Sweet Violets), Father (Hansel and Gretel) and Quant (The Age of Anxiety) for Liam Scarlett and Antigonus (The Winter’s Tale) for Christopher Wheeldon.

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. Soon after joining the Company he created a role in Twyla Tharp’s Mr Worldly Wise, and has gone on to create roles in 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

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

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

26 January 2015

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

Watch: Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety in rehearsal

Watch: Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety in rehearsal

9 October 2014

A behind-the-scenes look at the choreographer’s new work for The Royal Ballet.

Casting Confirmation: Additional debuts announced for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

Casting Confirmation: Additional debuts announced for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

17 September 2014

Casts include Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta as Lescaut.

Photos

Laura Morera and Bennet Gartside in The Winter's Tale

The cast in rehearsal for The Age of Anxiety

Bennet Gartside in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Bennet Gartside as Antigonus in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani and Bennet Gartside in The Firebird, The Royal Ballet

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

Bennet Gartside as The Father and Laura Morera as The Stepmother in Hansel and Gretel

Bennet Gartside as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet

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

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

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

Bennet Gartside

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

Bennet Gartside in Romeo and Juliet

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

Bennet Gartside and Steven McRae in Symphony in C

Bennet Gartside and Tamara Rojo in rehearsal for Asphodel Meadows

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

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

Deirdre Chapman and Bennet Gartside in Ceremony of Innocence, 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 Crown Prince Rudolf and Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera in Mayerling

Bennet Gartside as Escalus in Romeo and Juliet

Tamara Rojo and Bennet Gartside in Asphodel Meadows

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

Romany Pajdak and Bennet Gartside in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet