Kevin O’Hare is Director of The Royal Ballet. Appointed in July 2012 following the retirement of Monica Mason, he is responsible for driving the artistic direction of the Company. He is committed to the promotion of outstanding creativity and artistic excellence, developing talent and widening the Company’s performing platform.
O’Hare was born in Yorkshire. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and, through an exchange programme, with Royal Danish Ballet. He began his performing career with The Royal Ballet’s sister company Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, and stayed with that company as a Principal during its transformation into Birmingham Royal Ballet. During this time he performed extensively in the UK and internationally, including as a guest artist with many leading companies. His repertory included all the leading classical roles, such as Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Albrecht (Giselle) and Romeo (in BRB’s first performance of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet). O’Hare worked with many leading figures in the ballet world, including Ninette de Valois, Peter Wright, Frederick Ashton, MacMillan and David Bintley, and created several roles, including Amynta (Bintley’s Sylvia). He also produced many galas and choreographic evenings.
O’Hare retired from the stage in 2000, entering into a traineeship in company management with the Royal Shakespeare Company. This led to the post of Company Director with BRB in 2001, and in 2004 he joined The Royal Ballet as Company Manager. He was made Administrative Director in 2009 before being appointed to his current role. In 2015 he was appointed to the board of Northern Ballet.
The position of Director of The Royal Ballet is generously supported by Lady Ashcroft.
News and features
The Company will celebrate Hull as UK City of Culture 2017 with a day of Swan Lake-inspired activities and a gala evening at the New Theatre in September 2017.
Find out how Wayne McGregor adapted Virginia Woolf's writings for ballet, and get a closer look at the choreography.
Our quick introduction to this programme of new works by young choreographers who have been mentored by Wayne McGregor.
Posts by Kevin O'Hare
The Company’s 2014 tour continues in Taiwan this Friday, taking British culture to a global audience.
The Director of The Royal Ballet picks out his highlights of the year. Do you agree?
Executive and artistic staff of the Royal Opera House at the 2012/13 Season launch
Executive and artistic staff of The Royal Ballet at the 2012/13 Season launch
Kevin O'Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet
Kevin O'Hare and Melissa Hamilton at the 2014/15 cinema launch
Kevin O'Hare photo by Teri Pengilley
Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten at the Our Extraordinary World Gala