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Thomas Whitehead

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Thomas Whitehead in action.
Thomas Whitehead

Thomas Whitehead is a Soloist with 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 (Ek’s Carmen), 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. He created the role of Polixenes' Steward (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 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 a work in 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

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.


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