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Jonathan Howells

Soloist of The Royal Ballet


Jonathan Howells in action.
Jonathan Howells in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

English dancer Jonathan Howells is Soloist and Assistant Ballet Master of 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 White Lodge. 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), Widow Simone and 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 Twyla Tharp's Mr Worldly Wise, Christopher Wheeldon's Souvenir and Tryst and Will Tuckett's Love's Fool.

Howells is assistant to choreographer Alastair Marriott. He created the designs for Marriott’s Being and Having Been in the Linbury Studio Theatre and on the main stage for In the Hothouse (Jubilee gala) and costume designs for Connectome.