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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

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.

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

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

6 December 2012

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

Photos

Robert Clark as the pianist, Lauren Cuthbertson as The Ballerina and Kristen McNally as the Angry Lady in The Concert, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding in The Sleeping Beauty © ROH / Tristram Kenton, 2014

Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Lauren Cuthbertson as Giselle in Giselle © ROH / Johan Persson 2009

Sarah Lamb, Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Edward Watson as Leontes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Edward Watson as Leontes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Dancers of the Royal Ballet in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Lauren Cuthbertson in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Edward Watson as Leontes and Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione in The Winter's Tale © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Edward Watson as Leontes, Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Edward Watson as Leontes, Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson in The Human Seasons © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson in Polyphonia © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Lauren Cuthbertson - A World Stage 2011/12 © ROH 2011

Lauren Cuthbertson as Cinderella, Federico Bonelli as the Prince, and artists of the Royal Ballet in Cinderella © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Federico Bonelli as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet and Federico Bonelli as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Edward Watson as Romeo with Lauren Cuthbertson as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet © ROH 2012

Eric Underwood and Lauren Cuthbertson dancing in Carbon Life © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Lauren Cuthbertson in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

Federico Bonelli and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

Federico Bonelli and Lauren Cuthbertson in The Royal Ballet's Live Fire Exercise © Bill Cooper/ROH 2011

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Lauren Cuthbertson as Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alice's Adventure in Wonderland © ROH / Johan Persson, 2011

Backstage on the shoot for World Stage film © ROH 2011

Backstage on the shoot for World Stage film © ROH 2011

Backstage on the shoot for World Stage film © ROH 2011