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Lauren Cuthbertson

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Lauren Cuthbertson in action.
Lauren Cuthbertson in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

English dancer Lauren Cuthbertson is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She studied with The Royal Ballet School as a junior associate and at White Lodge and the Upper School, and graduated into the Company in 2002. She was promoted to Soloist in 2003, First Soloist in 2006 and Principal in 2008, becoming the youngest female Principal in the Company.

Cuthbertson was born in Devon and started dancing at the age of three. Her roles with the Company have included Juliet, Manon, Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Giselle and Odette/Odile (Swan Lake). Christopher Wheeldon created the title role of his Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Cuthbertson, describing her ‘unique ability to make her dramatic persona on stage natural, honest, fresh and to the point’. Cuthbertson’s other role creations include Hermione (Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale) and in Wayne McGregor’s Tetractys.

In 2007 Cuthbertson won an Arts and Culture Women of the Future Award. Other awards include silver medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2006 and the 2004 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical). Devoted to inspiring the next generation of dancers, she is an active patron of both National Youth Ballet and London Children’s Ballet.

Videos

News and features

Watch: 'Opera, Ballet and the Bard' Insights event on demand.

Watch: 'Opera, Ballet and the Bard' Insights event on demand.

15 April 2016

Shakespeare Day insights event focuses on operas and ballets inspired by the playwright's work, including The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet and Otello.

<em>Rhapsody</em> / <em>The Two Pigeons</em> to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray

Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray

28 January 2016

Release details will be announced in due course.

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

29 December 2015

A new exhibition and two new books focus on what it takes to be a ballet dancer.

Photos

Lauren Cuthbertson in Strapless

Lauren Cuthbertson as Giselle and Federico Bonelli as Albrecht in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Giselle and Federico Bonelli as Albrecht in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Jonathan Howells, Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson, Charlotte Westenra and Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Laura Morera as the Gypsy Girl, Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man, Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Girl and Ryoichi Hirano as the Gypsy Girl's Lover in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Girl in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Woman and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Woman in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson in Song of The Earth

Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale

Lauren Cuthbertson in Serenade, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson in The Human Seasons

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding in The Sleeping Beauty

Lauren Cuthbertson in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Lauren Cuthbertson, Principal with The Royal Ballet

Eric Underwood and Lauren Cuthbertson dancing in Carbon Life

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Genesia Rosato in Romeo and Juliet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

Sergei Polunin as Des Grieux and Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon in Manon

Backstage on the shoot for the World Stage film

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Ryoichi Hirano, Lauren Cuthbertson, and Edward Watson in Song of The Earth

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Woman and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Woman and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Woman and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Girl, Guest Principal Ballet Master Christopher Carr and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Girl in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson and Steven McRae with Matthew Ball, Tomas Mock, Luca Acri, Marcelino Sambe in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson and Steven McRae and members of The Royal Ballet in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome