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Kevin O'Hare

Director

Biography

Kevin O'Hare in action.
Kevin O’Hare © Joe Plimmer

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.

Videos

News and features

Ballet Essentials: New works by Charlotte Edmonds and Robert Binet

Ballet Essentials: New works by Charlotte Edmonds and Robert Binet

7 November 2016

Our quick introduction to this programme of new works by young choreographers who have been mentored by Wayne McGregor.

Watch: Insights into Kenneth MacMillan’s <em>Anastasia</em>

Watch: Insights into Kenneth MacMillan’s Anastasia

21 September 2016

Get a glimpse into rehearsals for the much-anticipated revival of MacMillan's dramatic ballet based on the story of Anna Anderson.

The Royal Ballet run workshops to inspire children in Japanese earthquake zones

The Royal Ballet run workshops to inspire children in Japanese earthquake zones

29 June 2016

Children in Kumamoto, many of whom have been unable to attend school recently, attended a workshop focused around Giselle.

Posts by Kevin O'Hare

Standing ovations and critical acclaim greet Royal Ballet performances in Moscow

Standing ovations and critical acclaim greet Royal Ballet performances in Moscow

26 June 2014

The Company’s 2014 tour continues in Taiwan this Friday, taking British culture to a global audience.

The Royal Ballet in review: A look back on 2013 from Kevin O'Hare

The Royal Ballet in review: A look back on 2013 from Kevin O'Hare

30 December 2013

The Director of The Royal Ballet picks out his highlights of the year. Do you agree?

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