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Francesca Hayward

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Francesca Hayward in action.
Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Helen Maybanks

English dancer Francesca Hayward is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company during the 2010/11 Season, promoted to First Artist in 2013, Soloist in 2014, First Soloist in 2015 and Principal in 2016.

Hayward studied at The Royal Ballet School 2003–11 and while a student won the 2009 Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance, the 2010 Young British Dancer of the Year and both silver medal and the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Genée International Ballet Competition. After joining The Royal Ballet she represented the Company at the 2012 International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize and won Best Emerging Artist (2014) and Grishko Award For Best Female Dancer (2016) at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

Her repertory with the Company includes Juliet, Alice, Manon, Lise (La Fille mal gardée), the female Principal role in Rhapsody, Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara (The Nutcracker), Princess Aurora and Princess Florine (The Sleeping Beauty), Princess Stephanie (Mayerling), Perdita (The Winter’s Tale), Vera (A Month in the Country), Girl (The Invitation), Justine (Frankenstein) and roles in ‘Emeralds’ (Jewels), The Human Seasons, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, Infra, Ballo della regina, Symphony in C, Asphodel Meadows, Within the Golden Hour and Carbon Life. She created roles in Untouchable, Woolf Works and Multiverse.

Videos

News and features

Cast change: <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em> on 20 February 2017

Cast change: The Sleeping Beauty on 20 February 2017

20 February 2017

Akane Takada to dance the role of Princess Aurora, replacing Francesca Hayward.

The Royal Ballet honoured at the National Dance Awards 2017

The Royal Ballet honoured at the National Dance Awards 2017

6 February 2017

Winners include Francesca Hayward, Reece Clarke and Zenaida Yanowsky.

Your Reaction: What did you think of <em>The Nutcracker</em> live in cinemas? (2016/17)

Your Reaction: What did you think of The Nutcracker live in cinemas? (2016/17)

8 December 2016

The audience react to this festive ballet as it returns to cinemas across the world in Sir Peter Wright's 90th birthday year.

Photos

Francesca Hayward as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in The Winter's Tale

Francesca Hayward and James Hay in The Winter's Tale

Francesca Hayward and Gary Avis in The Invitation

Francesca Hayward and dancers of The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Gary Avis and Francesca Hayward in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Alice and Vadim Muntagirov as the Knave of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet

Vadim Muntagirov as the Knave of Hearts and Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Francesca Hayward

Francesca Hayward and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Manon, Thomas Whitehead as Monsieur G.M and Alexander Campbell as Lescaut in Manon

Francesca Hayward as Manon, Thomas Whitehead as Monsieur G.M. and Alexander Campbell as Lescaut in MacMillan's Manon (C)ROH/Alice Pennefather, 2014

Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and James Hay in Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody

Francesca Hayward and James Hay in Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody

Francesca Hayward and Gary Avis in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Gary Avis in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as a Swan in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Tristan Dyer in Infra, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward, James Hay in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Royal Ballet in rehearsal

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Ballo della regina

Campaign image for the Royal Opera House Summer Season 2017. Jonas Kaufmann and Francesca Hayward. Image by AKA

Alessandra Ferri and Francesca Hayward in Woolf Works, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Vadim Muntagirov in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Gary Avis in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland