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Thomas Whitehead

Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Thomas Whitehead in action.
Thomas Whitehead

English dancer Thomas Whitehead is a Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company in 1994, promoted to First Artist, 1999, Soloist, 2002, and Principal Character Artist, 2017. His roles with the Company include Von Rothbart (Swan Lake), Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker), Tybalt, Paris and Escalus (Romeo and Juliet), Man (Las hermanas), Husband (The Invitation), Prince Gremin (Onegin), Step-Sister (Cinderella), Widow Simone (La Fille mal gardée), Gamache and Gypsy (Don Quixote), José (Mats Ek’s Carmen), Monsieur G.M. and Gaoler (Manon), Orion (Sylvia), Hilarion and Wilfred (Giselle), King Florestan and Catallabutte (The Sleeping Beauty), Bottom (The Dream), Husband (Anastasia), Father Shepherd (The Winter’s Tale) and roles in Winter Dreams, Sensorium, Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story, The Prince of the Pagodas, Tales of Beatrix Potter and The Dream. Role creations include Professor (Liam Scarlett’sFrankenstein), Steward (Christopher Wheeldon’s The Winter’s Tale) and in Hofesh Shechter’s Untouchable, Carlos Acosta’s Carmen and Javier De Frutos’s Les Enfants Terribles.

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

Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

9 July 2017
Yasmine Naghdi promoted to Principal dancer

The Royal Ballet announces Company promotions and joiners for the 2017/18 Season.

What happens when a man dances on pointe?

8 June 2017
What happens when a man dances on pointe?

Dancing on the very tips of your toes is traditionally something only female ballet dancers do – but sometimes men get to wear pointe shoes for a change, with unusual results…

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

17 September 2014
Casting Confirmation: Additional debuts announced for Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

Casts include Principal Guest Artist Carlos Acosta as Lescaut.

Photos

Thomas Whitehead as Tybalt and Alexander Campbell as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead, Sarah Lamb, Erico Montes and Luca Acri in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead as Rakitin and Lauren Cuthbertson as Natalia Petrovna in A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead as Gamache, Lauren Cuthbertson as Kitri and Matthew Ball as Basilio in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead as Wirt Roddy and Natalia Osipova as Letty Mason in The Wind, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead as Robert Wood and Sarah Lamb as Marie in Sweet Violets, The Royal Ballet

Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Emily Dimmock and Thomas Whitehead as Robert Wood in Sweet Violets, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Manon, Thomas Whitehead as Monsieur G.M and Alexander Campbell as Lescaut in Manon

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

Thomas Whitehead and Olivia Cowley in Ludovic Ondiviela’s Cassandra

Melissa Hamilton as Manon and Gary Avis as Monsieur GM in Manon

Thomas Whitehead

Roberta Marquez as Tatiana and Thomas Whitehead as Prince Gremin in Onegin

Thomas Whitehead as Von Rothbart, Kristen McNally as The Queen and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead as Gamache, Natalia Osipova as Kitri and Vadim Muntagirov as Basilio in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Natalia Osipova as Kitri, Alastair Marriott as Lorenzo and Thomas Whitehead as Gamache in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead as Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead as Hilarion in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Sarah Lamb as Tatiana and Thomas Whitehead as Prince Gremin in Onegin, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead and Marcelino Sambé in Kristen McNally's Checkpoint 19, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015

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

Thomas Whitehead as Polixenes' Steward and Federico Bonelli as Polixenes in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Thomas Whitehead as Von Rothbart and Kristen McNally as the Queen in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Akane Takada as Odile and Thomas Whitehead as Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead and Leticia Stock in rehearsal for The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead and Marcelino Sambé in Kristen McNally's Checkpoint 19, The Royal Ballet's Draft Works, 2015

Clara Barbara and Thomas Whitehead in Goldberg – The Brandstrup-Rojo Project, ROH2

Thomas Whitehead and Leanne Benjamin in Rushes – Fragments of a Lost Story, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead in Enigma Variations, The Royal Ballet

Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Emily Dimmock and Thomas Whitehead as Robert Wood in Sweet Violets, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead in The Concert, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead as Gamache and artists of The Royal Ballet in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Frankenstein, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead and Marianela Nuñez in 'The Sleeping Beauty' in Margot Fonteyn: A Celebration, The Royal Ballet

Thomas Whitehead as Drosselmeyer