Principal of The Royal Ballet
Lauren Cuthbertson was born in Devon and started dancing at the age of three. She was a Junior Associate with The Royal Ballet before training at The Royal Ballet Lower and Upper Schools, entering the Company in 2002. She was promoted to Principal in 2008, becoming the youngest female Principal in the Company. Devoted to inspiring the next generation of dancers, she is an active patron of both National Youth Ballet and London Children's Ballet.
Prominent roles with the Company include 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, saying, 'Lauren was absolutely for me the key to making this production work, because I knew she would embody the kind of Alice I wanted to portray. She has a unique ability to make her dramatic persona on stage natural, honest, fresh and to the point'. Cuthbertson also created a role for Wayne McGregor in 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.
The Winter's Tale
Cast as Hermione
The world premiere of a new full-length ballet by Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, based on Shakespeare’s enduring tale of love, loss and reconciliation.
Cast as Principal
The music of Tchaikovsky is partnered with sublime choreography in one of Balanchine’s earliest and best-loved works.
Cast as Mary-Jane Kelly
Murder, sexuality and art are the potent themes of Liam Scarlett’s ballet, inspired by Walter Sickert’s paintings.
- Tetractys - The Art of Fugue... (08:42)
- Becoming the Queen of Hearts... (04:18)
- Alice's Adventures in... (01:14)
- Royal Opera House Cinema... (03:24)
- Royal Opera House Cinema... (04:48)
- Insights: Degas Dancers (14:11)
- Interviews: Remembering... (01:56)
- A World Stage 2011/12 -... (01:11)
- Ballo della regina Merrill... (03:02)
- A World Stage 2010/11 -... (00:47)
News and features
Watch Wayne McGregor rehearse with Lauren Cuthbertson, Natalia Osipova, Eric Underwood and Edward Watson.
What did you think of the return of Kenneth MacMillan's Shakespearean Royal Ballet production?
The Royal Ballet Principal answers your questions before her return to the stage in Romeo and Juliet.
From The Rite of Spring to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, ballet's specially-created roles.
Gold medal-winning triple-jumper Jonathan Edwards and former dancer Deborah Bull compare notes.
Pointe Shoe manufacturers re-open premises on St Martin's Lane.