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Jonathan Cope

Biography

Jonathan Cope in action.
Jonathan Cope and Marianela Nuñez in Winter Dreams, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2010

Former Royal Ballet Principal Jonathan Cope is a Répétiteur of The Royal Ballet. He took up his current position in 2005.

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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Reviving Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling: a Royal Ballet milestone

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ROH Students Editathon: Improving Wikipedia’s articles on dance

ROH Students Editathon: Improving Wikipedia’s articles on dance

26 March 2015

Our recent event set the ROH Student Ambassadors to the task of improving the online encyclopedia's articles on all things ballet.

Watch: Members of The Royal Ballet on Swan Lake

Watch: Members of The Royal Ballet on Swan Lake

17 March 2015

Rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews from the cast and creative team of The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake.

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