Former Royal Ballet Principal Jonathan Cope was a Répétiteur of The Royal Ballet from 2005 to 2019.
Cope was born in Devon and trained in Wales before attending The Royal Ballet School. He joined the Company in 1982 and was promoted to Soloist in 1985 and to Principal in 1986. He was highly acclaimed as a danseur noble, in classical repertory including Albrecht (Giselle), Solor (La Bayadère), Jean de Brienne (Raymonda), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty) and Prince (The Nutcracker); in Ashton repertory including Prince (Cinderella), Beliaev (A Month in the Country), Palemon (Ondine), Armand, Aminta (Sylvia) and Poet (Les Illuminations); in MacMillan repertory including Romeo, Des Grieux (Manon), Rudolf (Mayerling), Rasputin (Anastasia) and Foreman (Judas Tree); and in many other roles, including Apollo. He created roles in MacMillan’s Different Drummer, Le Baiser de la fée and The Prince of the Pagodas, Wayne Eagling’s Frankenstein, Modern Prometheus, Page’s Sawdust and Tinsel, A Broken Set of Rules and Fearful Symmetries, David Bintley’s Galanteries, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café and Les Saisons and Christopher Wheeldon’s Tryst, among others.
In 2003 Cope won the South Bank Show Dance Award and was appointed a CBE.
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Maria Almeida as Manon and Jonathan Cope as Des Grieux in Manon
Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope in Prince of the Pagodas
Nehemiah Kish in rehearsals with Jonathan Cope for The Prince of the Pagodas
Darcey Bussell and Royal Ballet Principals at the London 2012 closing ceremony
Jonathan Cope and Marianela Nuñez in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet