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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 with 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 2002, 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 in 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 at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2006 and the 2004 Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Classical Award. 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

The Winter’s Tale available on DVD

The Winter’s Tale available on DVD

3 December 2014

Christopher Wheeldon’s Shakespeare-inspired Royal Ballet production features no less than six principal roles.

Follow in the footsteps of Royal Ballet dancers: Applications for Genée Ballet Competition 2014 are now open

Follow in the footsteps of Royal Ballet dancers: Applications for Genée Ballet Competition 2014 are now open

14 August 2014

Previous medalists include Lauren Cuthbertson and Steven McRae.

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale 2014

Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale 2014

3 April 2014

Christopher Wheeldon's new work is The Royal Ballet’s first full-length Shakespeare adaptation for almost 50 years.



Photos

Lauren Cuthbertson in Serenade, The Royal Ballet

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

Lauren Cuthbertson in Song of The Earth

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

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding in The Sleeping Beauty

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

Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson in The Human Seasons

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

Edward Watson as Leontes, Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale

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

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

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

Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal during the creation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 2011

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alice's Adventure in Wonderland

Lauren Cuthbertson - A World Stage 2011/12

Lauren Cuthbertson as Cinderella, Federico Bonelli as the Prince, and artists of the Royal Ballet in Cinderella

Lauren Cuthbertson

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Gary Avis as Monsieur GM, Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon and José Martin as Lescaut in Manon

Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon, Gary Avis as Monsieur GM and Christina Arestis as Madam and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Act II of Kenneth Macmillan's Manon

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

Backstage on the shoot for World Stage film

Backstage on the shoot for World Stage film

Backstage on the shoot for World Stage film

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice and Edward Watson as The White Rabbit in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland