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Lauren Cuthbertson

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Lauren Cuthbertson is a Principal with The Royal Ballet. 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.

Cuthbertson was born in Devon and started dancing at the age of three. Prominent 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, 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'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.

Upcoming productions

  • 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.

  • Serenade

    Cast as Principal

    The music of Tchaikovsky is partnered with sublime choreography in one of Balanchine’s earliest and best-loved works.

  • Sweet Violets

    Cast as Mary-Jane Kelly

    Murder, sexuality and art are the potent themes of Liam Scarlett’s ballet, inspired by Walter Sickert’s paintings.

  • Manon

    Cast as Manon

    Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece.

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Cast as Alice

    Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s thrillingly entertaining ballet.

Videos

News and features

  1. Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale

    Gallery: Rehearsals for The Winter's Tale

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



  2. Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

    Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

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

  3. Your reaction: Romeo and Juliet

    Your reaction: Romeo and Juliet

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

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

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

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

  5. Creator and Muse: Choreographers, dancers and the roles they make together

    Creator and Muse: Choreographers, dancers and the roles they make together

    From The Rite of Spring to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, ballet's specially-created roles.

  6. Find out more about the links between dancers and Olympic athletes

    Find out more about the links between dancers and Olympic athletes

    Gold medal-winning triple-jumper Jonathan Edwards and former dancer Deborah Bull compare notes.

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