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Rupert Pennefather

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Rupert Pennefather in action.
Rupert Pennefather in Apollo © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

English dancer Rupert Pennefather is a Principal with The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 1999. He was promoted to Principal in 2008 following his role debut as Romeo. Other signature roles include Crown Prince Rudolf (Mayerling), Des Grieux (Manon), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), James (La Sylphide), Albrecht (Giselle), and Beliaev (A Month in the Country).

Pennefather was born in Maidenhead. He joined his twin sister's ballet class at age 7 and went on to train as a Junior Associate at White Lodge and at Tring Park School before studying privately with Julie Roach. He joined The Royal Ballet Upper School and in 1999 graduated into the Company.

One of Pennefather's first major roles was as Paris, partnering Sylvie Guillem's Juliet. This role was soon followed by dancing in Sylvia with Marianela Nuñez and A Month in the Country with Darcey Bussell. In addition to the classical and dramatic ballets, his repertory includes roles in DGV: Danse à grandevitesse, Chroma, Song of the Earth and Acis and Galatea (with The Royal Opera). He created roles in Sensorium and 24 Preludes, among others.

Videos

News and features

The Male Virtuoso

The Male Virtuoso

7 February 2014

A look at the development of the male dancer.

Rupert Pennefather makes debut in Manon

Rupert Pennefather makes debut in Manon

6 May 2011

Royal Ballet Principal makes his debut on his birthday

A World Stage - Rupert Pennefather

A World Stage - Rupert Pennefather

27 January 2011

Watch the latest film in our World Stage series.

Photos

Marianela Nuñez and Rupert Pennefather in Serenade © ROH / Johan Persson 2008

1 December: Rupert Pennefather and Melissa Hamilton in Mayerling in May 2013

Rupert Pennefather in Apollo © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Tara-Brigitte Bhavnani and Rupert Pennefather in Mayerling, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Alice, Rupert Pennefather as The Knave of Hearts and Artists of the Royal Ballet in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Alice and Rupert Pennefather as The Knave of Hearts in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Alice and Rupert Pennefather as The Knave of Hearts in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Beatriz Stix-Brunell as Alice and Rupert Pennefather as Jack in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Rupert Pennefather as Albrecht in Giselle © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Tamara Rojo with Rupert Pennefather in La Sylphide © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Elizabeth McGorian as Madge, Rupert Pennefather as James © Johan Persson/ROH 2009

Tamara Rojo with Rupert Pennefather in La Sylphide © Johan Persson/ROH 2009

Tamara Rojo and Rupert Pennefather in Giselle © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling © Bill Cooper/ROH 2009

Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf and Helen Crawford as Mitzi Caspar in Mayerling © Bill Cooper/ROH 2009

Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling © Bill Cooper/ROH 2009

Rupert Pennefather and Marianela Nuñez in rehearsal for Asphodel Meadows © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Marianela Nuñez as Giselle and Rupert Pennefather as Albrecht in Giselle © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Rupert Pennefather - A World Stage © ROH 2011

Rupert Pennefather - A World Stage © ROH 2011

Sarah Lamb as Manon and Rupert Pennefather as Des Grieux in Manon, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Sarah Lamb as Manon and Rupert Pennefather as Des Grieux in Manon, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Sarah Lamb as Manon and Rupert Pennefather as Des Grieux in Manon, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Sarah Lamb as Manon and Rupert Pennefather as Des Grieux in Manon, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2011

Samantha Raine and Rupert Pennefather in Chroma. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010

Marianela Nunez and Rupert Pennefather in Concerto © Johan Persson/ROH 2010

Rupert Pennefather and Marianela Nunez in Symphony in C © Bill Cooper/ROH 2010

Rupert Pennefather, Laura Morera and Marianela Nuñez in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2010

Rupert Pennefather, Kenta Kura and Marianela Nuñez with artists of The Royal Ballet in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2010

Rupert Pennefather in Sylvia, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2010

Rupert Pennefather

Melissa Hamilton as Mary Vetsera and Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009

Melissa Hamilton as Mary Vetsera and Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009

Melissa Hamilton as Mary Vetsera and Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009

Melissa Hamilton as Mary Vetsera and Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009

Melissa Hamilton as Mary Vetsera and Rupert Pennefather as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling. © ROH / Bill Cooper 2009