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Thomas Whitehead

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Thomas Whitehead in action.
Thomas Whitehead

English dancer Thomas Whitehead is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 1994, promoted to First Artist, 1999, and Soloist, 2002. His roles with the Company include Tybalt, Paris and Escalus (Romeo and Juliet), Man (Las hermanas), Prince Gremin (Onegin), Step-Sister (Cinderella), Gamache and Gypsy (Don Quixote), José (Mats Ek’s Carmen), Monsieur G.M. and Gaoler (Manon), Orion (Sylvia), Hilarion and Wilfred (Giselle), Catallabutte (The Sleeping Beauty), Bottom (The Dream), Husband (Anastasia) and roles in Winter Dreams, Sensorium, Rushes, The Nutcracker, The Prince of the Pagodas, Tales of Beatrix Potter and The Dream. Role creations include Polixenes' Steward (Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale).

Whitehead was born in West Yorkshire and trained at the Nydza School of Dance, Arts Educational Schools London and The Royal Ballet Upper School. Whitehead has created roles for several choreographers and in 2009 created a role in Kim Brandstrup's Olivier Award-winning Goldberg: The Brandstrup-Rojo Project, for which Whitehead was nominated for Outstanding Male Performance at the 2010 Critics' Circle Awards. As a choreographer himself, Whitehead has created works in The Royal Ballet's Draft Works. He has collaborated a number of times with the Royal Opera House's Learning and Participation Department, creating a role in One Big Stage in 2012 and in 2013 staging a performance of The Rite of Spring for Chance to Dance.

Whitehead's work away from the Company has included the role of the Swan/Stranger for the 2006 world tour of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, and a collaboration with Richard Eyre and Viviana Durante in a workshop adaptation of Truly, Madly, Deeply in 2010.

News and features

Casting Confirmation: Additional debuts announced for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

Casting Confirmation: Additional debuts announced for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

17 September 2014

Casts include Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta as Lescaut.

Royal Ballet dancers foster young talent through Chance to Dance programme

Royal Ballet dancers foster young talent through Chance to Dance programme

13 December 2013

Dancers develop their teaching skills and encourage younger dancers through weekly classes and workshops.

Young people get to perform with Royal Ballet Artists and Orchestra


Young people get to perform with Royal Ballet Artists and Orchestra


5 June 2013

Chance to Dance and Youth Opera team up for unique event.


Photos

Royal Ballet dancer Thomas Whitehead as Grandfather in the Annual Chance to Dance performance of Peter and the Wolf © ROH / Brian Slater 2014

Thomas Whitehead as Robert Wood and Sarah Lamb as Marie in Sweet Violets, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2014

Thomas Whitehead as Polixenes' Steward and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Thomas Whitehead

Tristan Dyer, Alexander Campbell, Steven McRae, Bennet Gartside, Christina Arestis, Alastair Marriott, Genesia Rosato, Christopher Saunders, Thomas Whitehead, Erico Montes and Eric Underwood in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013

Itziar Mendizabal as the Queen of Hearts and Camille Bracher, Thomas Whitehead, Jonathan Howells and David Pickering as Playing Cards in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2013

Hayley Forskitt and Thomas Whitehead in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet © Andrej Uspenski

Genesia Rosato, Thomas Whitehead and Alina Cojocaru in Las hermanas, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2012

Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Emily Dimmock and Thomas Whitehead as Robert Wood in Sweet Violets, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2012

Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Emily Dimmock and Thomas Whitehead as Robert Wood in Sweet Violets, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2012

Thomas Whitehead in Enigma Variations, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2011

Roberta Marquez as Tatiana and Thomas Whitehead as Prince Gremin in Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2010

Thomas Whitehead