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Jonathan Howells

Soloist of The Royal Ballet


English dancer Jonathan Howells is Soloist and Assistant Ballet Master with The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 1991, promoted to First Artist in 1993 and Soloist in 1997. He was appointed Assistant Ballet Master in 2011.

Howells was born in Shropshire and attending local dance lessons with his sister before joining The Royal Ballet Lower School. In his final year at the Upper School he created the lead role in Bintley’s Les Petits Riens at the annual matinee. Howell's repertory with the Company includes Lescaut (Manon), Bratfisch (Mayerling), Lewis Carroll/White Rabbit (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland), Alain (La Fille mal gardée), Bottom (The Dream), Bluebird and Puss-in-Boots (The Sleeping Beauty), Hilarion (Giselle), Sancho Panza (Don Quixote) and Jester and Step-Sister (Cinderella). He has created a large number of roles for the Company, including in Tharp's Mr Worldly Wise, Wheeldon's Souvenir and Tryst and Tuckett's Love's Fool.

In addition to his work as Assistant Ballet Master, Howells is assistant to choreographer Alastair Marriott and created the designs for Marriott’s Being and Having Been in the Linbury Studio Theatre and for In the Hothouse, created for the gala celebrating HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. In the 2013/14 Season he designs the costumes for Marriott's new main-stage ballet.

Upcoming productions

  • New Marriott

    The world premiere of a new work by acclaimed choreographer and Royal Ballet Principal Character Artist Alastair Marriott.

    credited with Costume designs