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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 of 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 2003, 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 of 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 medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2006 and the 2004 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical). 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

Watch: 'Opera, Ballet and the Bard' Insights event on demand.

Watch: 'Opera, Ballet and the Bard' Insights event on demand.

15 April 2016

Shakespeare Day insights event focuses on operas and ballets inspired by the playwright's work, including The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet and Otello.

<em>Rhapsody</em> / <em>The Two Pigeons</em> to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray

Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray

28 January 2016

Release details will be announced in due course.

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

Gallery: Portraits of Royal Ballet dancers by photographer Rick Guest

29 December 2015

A new exhibition and two new books focus on what it takes to be a ballet dancer.

Photos

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Woman and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Girl and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Girl in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as The Sugar Plum Fairy in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker

Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man and Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Girl in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Girl and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Girl in rehearsal for The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Within the Golden Hour, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson photographed for The Language of the Soul

Samantha Raine, Lauren Cuthbertson and Sarah Lamb in Song of the Earth, The Royal Ballet

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

Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione and Dancers of the Royal Ballet in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Robert Clark as the pianist, Lauren Cuthbertson as The Ballerina and Kristen McNally as the Angry Lady in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson in Serenade, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson as Leontes and Lauren Cuthbertson as Hermione 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 in Serenade

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

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

Lauren Cuthbertson as Manon in Manon

Backstage on the shoot for World Stage film

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 in Song of The Earth

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson and Matthew Ball in Alastair Marriott’s Connectome

Lauren Cuthbertson in Strapless

Lauren Cuthbertson as Giselle and Federico Bonelli as Albrecht in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as Giselle and Federico Bonelli as Albrecht in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Jonathan Howells, Lauren Cuthbertson, Edward Watson, Charlotte Westenra and Christopher Wheeldon in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Lauren Cuthbertson as the Young Woman and Vadim Muntagirov as the Young Man in Frederick Ashton’s The Two Pigeons, The Royal Ballet