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Kristen McNally

Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Kristen McNally in action.
Kristen McNally in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

English dancer and choreographer Kristen McNally is a Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company in 2002, promoted to First Artist in 2007, Soloist in 2009 and Principal Character Artist in 2017. She regularly choreographs for Draft Works, with works such as Yes we did, Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game and Checkpoint 19. Further choreography at the Royal Opera House includes Metheus for BalletBoyz the TALENT in the Linbury Studio Theatre.

McNally was born in Liverpool and trained locally with Elizabeth Hill before joining The Royal Ballet Upper School. Her repertory with the Company has included Empress Elisabeth (Mayerling), Madame (Manon), Tsarina (Anastasia), ‘M’ (Carmen), Carabosse and Queen (The Sleeping Beauty), Anna II (Seven Deadly Sins), lead Harlot (Romeo and Juliet), Pianist (The Lesson), Cook (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Stepmother (Hansel and Gretel), Anna Vyrubova (Anastasia) and roles in Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story, Tryst, Symphony in C and Ceremony of Innocence. Roles creations include Thérèse Pozzi (Christopher Wheeldon’s Strapless) and in Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern, Javier De Frutos’s Les Enfants Terribles, Jonathan Watkins’s As One, Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable and Carlos Acosta’s Carmen.

McNally’s regularly works with the Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation department, with work including choreographing for Chance for Dance and co-presenting Royal Ballet Live. Other choreography work includes the ‘Tiny Dancer’ television advert for John Lewis (2015) and Lonesome Gun, Mad Women and Moonshine for New English Ballet Theatre.

Videos

News and features

Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

9 July 2017

The Royal Ballet announces Company promotions and joiners for the 2017/18 Season.

'You could call it perfection': The Royal Ballet on what makes <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em> so enchanting

'You could call it perfection': The Royal Ballet on what makes The Sleeping Beauty so enchanting

13 March 2017

Cast and the creatives behind the fairy-tale, including Former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason, reveal what it takes to perform the classic ballet.

How does The Royal Ballet School create such great choreographers?

How does The Royal Ballet School create such great choreographers?

24 February 2017

Several world-class choreographers began their training with The Royal Ballet School – how do they grow the dance-makers of the future?

Photos

Robert Clark as the pianist, Lauren Cuthbertson as The Ballerina and Kristen McNally as the Angry Lady in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Kristen McNally presenting The Royal Ballet's live-stream as part of World Ballet Day, 2014

Genesia Rosato, Yasmine Naghdi and Kristen McNally in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Kristen McNally as Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty.

Kristen McNally

Kristen McNally and Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Sleeping Beauty

Chance to Dance children with Royal Ballet Soloist Kristen McNally

Philip Mosley as Widow Simone and Francesca Filpi, Samantha Raine, Vanessa Fenton and Kristen McNally as Clog dancers in La Fille Mal Gardee

Ralph Lauren store in Covent Garden

Marcelino Sambé and Kristen McNally in Flight Pattern

Kristen McNally and Charlie Davies at the Ralph Lauren Young Friend Insider event

Kristen McNally presenting The Royal Ballet's live-stream as part of World Ballet Day, 2014

Kristen McNally presenting The Royal Ballet's live-stream as part of World Ballet Day, 2014

Kristen McNally and George Lamb presenting The Royal Ballet's live-stream as part of World Ballet Day, 2014

Kristen McNally rehearses with Balletboyz at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Kristen McNally rehearses with Balletboyz at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Kristen McNally rehearses with Balletboyz at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Kristen McNally in The Sleeping Beauty, The Royal Ballet

Dawid Trzensimiech, Kristen McNally and Charlie Davies

Marcelino Sambé and Kristen McNally in Flight Pattern

Will Tuckett as Widow Simone and Melissa Hamilton, Emma Maguire, Sian Murphy and Kristen McNally as clog dancers in La Fille mal gardée, The Royal Ballet

Will Tuckett and Kristen McNally in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Ashley Scott, Marcelino Sambé, Benjamin Ella, Kristen McNally and Tierney Heap rehearsing Hofesh Shecter

Dawid Trzensimiech at the Ralph Lauren Young Friend Insider event

Kristen McNally, Dawid Trzensimiech and Charlie Davies at the Young Friends Insider event hosted by Ralph Lauren