English choreographer and dancer Will Tuckett is a Guest Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet. His many works for the Company include The Crucible, The Seven Deadly Sins, The Turn of the Screw, Elizabeth and several works for galas and for the Linbury Studio Theatre. In the 2013/14 Season his children’s ballet The Wind in the Willows, created for the Linbury Studio Theatre in 2002, became the Royal Opera House’s first West End transfer. His numerous roles as a dancer with the Company include Don Quixote, Emperor Franz Josef (Mayerling), Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker), Von Rothbart (Swan Lake) and Widow Simone (La Fille mal gardée).
Tuckett was born in Birmingham and grew up in Bristol. He joined The Royal Ballet School in 1986, graduating into Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in 1988. He transferred to The Royal Ballet in 1990 as an Artist, promoted to First Artist in 1994, Soloist in 1998 and Principal Character Artist in 2002. He began choreographing while at the School and has gone on to create works for companies around the world, including Birmingham Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Rambert, Dance Umbrella, National Ballet of China, American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, Ballet Black, Sarasota Ballet and for an installation in the Whitechapel Gallery.
Tuckett has directed extensively in theatre and has worked as movement and puppet director for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe. He has made several films for the BBC and Channel 4, for which he devised the series ‘Ballet Hoo’.
News and features
How the ROH Costume department create Tudor costumes for Elizabeth that are light enough to dance in
Head of Costume Fay Fullerton on the challenges of re-creating Elizabethan costumes for 21st-century ballet.
Our quick introduction to Will Tuckett’s portrait in dance, music and text of Queen Elizabeth I.
Our quick guide to Will Tuckett's much-loved family dance theatre show, inspired by Kenneth Grahame's classic novel.
William Tuckett and artists of The Royal Ballet in La Fille mal gardée
Zenaida Yanowsky, Will Tuckett and Nehemiah Kish in The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake
Damien Johnson as Orpheus in Orpheus
Will Tuckett as Widow Simone and Melissa Hamilton, Emma Maguire, Sian Murphy and Kristen McNally as clog dancers in La Fille mal gardée, The Royal Ballet
Will Tuckett and Kristen McNally in Don Quixote, The Royal Ballet