Principal of The Royal Ballet
Steven McRae is a Principal with The Royal Ballet. He joined The Royal Ballet School on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship in 2003. He graduated into The Royal Ballet and was promoted to Principal in 2009. His classical and dramatic roles with the Company include Romeo, Des Grieux (Manon), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake), Prince Florimund (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker and Cinderella), the Chosen One (The Rite of Spring) and Colas (La Fille mal gardée). McRae has also created roles for McGregor, Wheeldon, Ratmansky, Scarlett, Marriott and Brandstrup, among others.
McRae was born and raised in Sydney. His father was a drag racer and McRae retains a strong interest in motor racing. He began dancing at the age of seven after becoming interested in his older sister's dance classes. McRae studied tap alongside ballet, and this training has often been used by choreographers creating new works on him, such as the role of the Mad Hatter in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Prizes include the 2002 Adeline Genée Gold Medal, the 2003 Prix de Lausanne, the 2007 Emerging Male Artist (Classical) and the 2012 Best Male Dancer Awards at the Critics' Circle Dance Awards, and in 2014 he was named Young Australian Achiever in the UK by the Australia Day Foundation. He has performed as a guest artist with ballet companies all over the world, including the American Ballet Theater (as part of a dance exchange programme), National Ballet of Canada, the Australian Ballet, Tokyo Ballet and numerous international galas. He is currently studying for a degree in Business Management and Leadership at the Open University. He is married to Royal Ballet Soloist Elizabeth Harrod.
The Winter's Tale
Cast as Florizel
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 Jack
Murder, sexuality and art are the potent themes of Liam Scarlett’s ballet, inspired by Walter Sickert’s paintings.
Cast as Oberon
Frederick Ashton’s delightful interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic of The Royal Ballet.
Cast as Principal
The world premiere of a new work by acclaimed choreographer and Royal Ballet Principal Character Artist Alastair Marriott.
Cast as Des Grieux
Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Cast as Jack/The Knave of Hearts
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole in Christopher Wheeldon’s thrillingly entertaining ballet.
Cast as Basilio
Carlos Acosta's exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre.
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News and features
'Steven McRae: Dancer in the Fast Lane' offers a revealing insight into the life of a Royal Ballet Principal.
Christopher Wheeldon's new work is The Royal Ballet’s first full-length Shakespeare adaptation for almost 50 years.
Access exclusive articles, photos and films about the production with our Digital Guide.
Steven McRae replaces Rupert Pennefather for performances of Giselle.
Royal Ballet Principal appears in cartoon form in Japanese ballet magazine.
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Most recent productions
- The Winter's Tale
- The Sleeping Beauty
- Tetractys - The Art of Fugue
- The Nutcracker
- The Human Seasons
- Romeo and Juliet
- Don Quixote
- Symphony in C
- La Bayadère
- Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- 24 Preludes
- Raymonda Act III
- Swan Lake
- Fool's Paradise
- Swan Lake – Welcome Performance
- Metamorphosis: Titian 2012
- La Sylphide
- La Fille mal gardée