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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 – The Art of Fugue.

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 to pre-order on DVD

The Winter’s Tale available to pre-order 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.



Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

13 February 2014

Watch Wayne McGregor rehearse with Lauren Cuthbertson, Natalia Osipova, Eric Underwood and Edward Watson.

Your reaction: Romeo and Juliet

Your reaction: Romeo and Juliet

22 October 2013

What did you think of the return of Kenneth MacMillan's Shakespearean Royal Ballet production?

Q&A: Lauren Cuthbertson on English ballet, inspiration and pre-performance preparation

Q&A: Lauren Cuthbertson on English ballet, inspiration and pre-performance preparation

10 October 2013

The Royal Ballet Principal answers your questions before her return to the stage in Romeo and Juliet.

Photos

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

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

Lauren Cuthbertson as Giselle in Giselle

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alice's Adventure in Wonderland

Lauren Cuthbertson - A World Stage 2011/12

Eric Underwood and Lauren Cuthbertson dancing in Carbon Life

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

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

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Edward Watson as Romeo with Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

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

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

Backstage on the shoot for the World Stage film

Backstage on the shoot for World Stage film

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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 and Nehemiah Kish in La Valse

Lauren Cuthbertson - A World Stage

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

Lauren Cuthbertson in Serenade, The Royal Ballet

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

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

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Genesia Rosato in Romeo and Juliet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon in Manon

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 - A World Stage

Federico Bonelli and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise

Federico Bonelli and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise