Birthplace
Maidenhead, UK

Training
Royal Ballet School as a Junior Associate, Tring Park School, Royal Ballet Upper School

Previous company
Graduated into The Royal Ballet in 1999, promoted First Artist 2004, Soloist 2005, First Soloist 2006 and Principal in 2008, following his debut as Romeo. Other notable roles included Crown Prince Rudolf in MacMillan’s Mayerling and Des Grieux in Manon, Prince Siegfried in Anthony Dowell’s Swan Lake, James in Johan Kobborg’s La Sylphide, Albrecht in Peter Wright’s Giselle and Beliaev in Ashton’s A Month in the Country

English National Ballet
This marks his debut with the Company

Career highlights
One of his earliest roles as Paris in MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet partnering Sylvie Guillem, Beliaev with Darcey Bussell (A Month in the Country) and being coached by Irek Mukhamedov as Crown Prince Rudolf in Mayerling

Other info
Roles in the contemporary repertoire include Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à grande Vitesse and Wayne McGregor’s Chroma. Created roles in Alexei Ratmansky’s 24 Preludes and in Alastair Marriott’s Sensorium

 

"Pennefather's Des Grieux wins our sympathy - he's perfectly splendid"
The Observer

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