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Steven McRae

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

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.

Upcoming productions

  • 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.

  • Sweet Violets

    Cast as Jack

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

  • The Dream

    Cast as Oberon

    Frederick Ashton’s delightful interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic of The Royal Ballet.

  • New Marriott

    Cast as Principal

    The world premiere of a new work by acclaimed choreographer and Royal Ballet Principal Character Artist Alastair Marriott.

  • Manon

    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.

  • Don Quixote

    Cast as Basilio

    Carlos Acosta's exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre.

Videos

News and features

  1. Steven McRae the subject of a new book with photographs by Andrej Uspenski

    Steven McRae the subject of a new book with photographs by Andrej Uspenski

    'Steven McRae: Dancer in the Fast Lane' offers a revealing insight into the life of a Royal Ballet Principal.

  2. 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.



  3. The Sleeping Beauty to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 19 March 2014

    The Sleeping Beauty to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 19 March 2014

    Access exclusive articles, photos and films about the production with our Digital Guide.

  4. The Male Virtuoso

    The Male Virtuoso

    A look at the development of the male dancer.

  5. Watch: Giselle in rehearsals

    Watch: Giselle in rehearsals

    Producer Peter Wright rehearses with Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez.

  6. Q&A: Steven McRae on ballet vs tap, advice and his passion for motor racing

    Q&A: Steven McRae on ballet vs tap, advice and his passion for motor racing

    The Royal Ballet Principal answers your questions before upcoming performances in Jewels and The Nutcracker.

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