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Lauren Cuthbertson

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Lauren Cuthbertson in action.
Lauren Cuthbertson as Amélie Gautreau in Strapless, The Royal Ballet © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

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

Cuthbertson was born in Devon. Awards include Young British Dancer of the Year (2001), the 2004 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) and silver medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2006, where she represented Great Britain. She is an active patron of National Youth Ballet and London Children’s Ballet.

Cuthbertson’s repertory with the Company includes leading roles in the classical ballets, Juliet, Manon, Anastasia and roles in many other works by Kenneth MacMillan, and leading roles in works by choreographers including Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, David Bintley, Alastair Marriott, Wayne McGregor, Jerome Robbins, Liam Scarlett, Glen Tetley and Christopher Wheeldon. Her role creations include La Glace (Les Saisons), Alice (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Hermione (The Winter’s Tale) and in Symphonic Variations, Tryst, Qualia, Chroma, Infra, Acis and Galatea (The Royal Opera), Live Fire Exercise, The Human Seasons, Tetractys and Multiverse.

Videos

News and features

Cast changes: <em>Strapless</em> on 25 and 27 May 2017

Cast changes: Strapless on 25 and 27 May 2017

28 February 2017

Principal casting has been amended for two performances of Christopher Wheeldon's one-act ballet.

Cast change: <em>The Sleeping Beauty</em> on 22 February 2017

Cast change: The Sleeping Beauty on 22 February 2017

22 February 2017

Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball to dance this evening replacing Lauren Cuthbertson and Reece Clarke.

Watch: Why The Royal Ballet never tire of performing <em>The Nutcracker</em>

Watch: Why The Royal Ballet never tire of performing The Nutcracker

16 December 2016

Each and every time it returns, the cast and creative team work tirelessly to ensure that Peter Wright's classic ballet is up to the Company's supremely high standards.

Photos

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 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 as The Sugar Plum Fairy in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker

Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man and Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Girl in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Girl 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 and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Within the Golden Hour, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson photographed for The Language of the Soul

Lauren Cuthbertson as Anna Anderson in Anastasia, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Anna Anderson in Anastasia, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Edward Watson as Leontes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Dancers of the Royal Ballet in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

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

Lauren Cuthbertson in Serenade, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson as Leontes and Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione in The Winter's Tale

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

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

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Federico Bonelli as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Federico Bonelli as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet

Lauren Cuthbertson in Serenade

Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon in Manon

Backstage on the shoot for World Stage film

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice and Sergei Polunin as Jack in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lauren Cuthbertson as Mary Vetsera and Thiago Soares as Crown Prince Rudolf in rehearsal for Mayerling, The Royal Ballet

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

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding in Within the Golden Hour

Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Anna Anderson in Anastasia, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for Anastasia, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Amélie Gautreau in Strapless, The Royal Ballet

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 Girl and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet