Brandon Lawrence


Born: Bradford

Trained: Nydza School of Dance and the Royal Ballet School

Joined: 2011; Soloist, 2016; First Soloist, 2018; Principal, 2019

Engagement and Participation work: I have helped with the department’s Ballet? What’s That? events aimed at those completely new to the world of ballet.

Created roles: Pan in Ruth Brill’s Arcadia, La Grâce in David Bintley’s The King Dances and roles in Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces and Wink, and Alexander Whitley’s Kin.

Proudest moment on stage: Dancing (and then dining) at Buckingham Palace earlier this year for HRH The Prince of Wales.

Favourite costume: Without doubt, the Southern Cape Zebra from David Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café.

Awards: Joint winner of a Phyllis Bedells Award (2008); Young British Dancer of the Year (2008, Commendation); Sibley Dowell Award (2009); National Dance Critics Award (2007).


Frederick Ashton: The Dream (Lysander), Les Rendezvous (lead couple)
David Bintley: Cinderella (Prince's Friends), The Prince of the Pagodas (King of the South), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Far from the Madding Crowd (Tumbler), Carmina burana (Third Seminarian), The King Dances (La Grâce), Faster, Aladdin ('Emerald', 'Gold'), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Southern Cape Zebra, 'Now Nothing'), Flowers of the Forest, E=mc², Tombeaux, The Shakespeare Suite (Othello)
John Cranko: Pineapple Poll (Crew) and Card Game (Five of Hearts), The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio)
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces, Wink
José Limón:The Moor's Pavane (Othello)
Kenneth MacMillan: Pavane, La Fin du jour and Elite Syncopations ('Friday Night', 'Bethena Concert Waltz'), Romeo and Juliet (Paris, Benvolio)
Twyla Tharp: In the Upper Room
Ninette de Valois: Checkmate (Black Castle)
Alexander Whitley: Kin.
Peter Wright's productions of The Nutcracker (Prince) and Coppélia ('Call to Arms'), and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Prince Seigfreid).

Header image: Clothing and styling generously supplied by UK dancewear specialists Dans-ez