Iain Mackay

Mackay Iain
Mackay Iain
Mackay Iain

Born: Glasgow

Trained: Junior Associates of Scottish Ballet, Dance School of Scotland and Royal Ballet Upper School

Joined: 1999; Principal, 2003

Engagement and Participation work: I recently performed with Freefall Dance Company in a new dance film.

Roles most important to you: Arthur and Mordred in David’s Arthur part 1 and Arthur part 2, my first two full-length-ballet roles and both on the same day!

Ballet hero: Carlos Acosta. He’s just the most amazing dancer and a lovely, lovely, humble guy.

Favourite costume: Prospero’s costume from David’s The Tempest. It has a bit of a Jon Snow from Game of Thrones feel to it.

Most inspirational person: My late grandfather. He was a self-educated man who worked in the pits from the age of 13. He was incredible and thought that what Rory and I chose as a profession was fantastic.


Frederick Ashton: La Fille mal gardée (Colas) and The Two Pigeons (Young Man, Gypsy Lover)
George Balanchine: Apollo (title role), Western Symphony (Third movement) and Prodigal Son (Title role)
David Bintley: Arthur (Arthur, Mordred), Beauty and the Beast (Beast), Aladdin (Mahgrib), Cinderella (Prince), Cyrano (Title role,Christian), Edward II (Title role, Grim Reaper), Far from the Madding Crowd (Troy), Hobson's Choice (Salvation Army), Carmina burana (Third Seminarian), The Nutcracker Sweeties (Volga Vouty), The Seasons ('Summer'), The Shakespeare Suite (Romeo), The Sons of Horus (Imsety), 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (Southern Cape Zebra), Flowers of the Forest, Faster, Concert Fantasy and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle (Albrecht)
Kim Brandstrup: Pulcinella (Caviello)
John Cranko: The Lady and the Fool (Moondog)
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces
Kenneth MacMillan: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo)
Jerome Robbins: Fancy Free (Sailor)
Nahid Siddiqui: Krishna (title role)
Twyla Tharp: In the Upper Room
Ninette de Valois: Checkmate (First Red Knight)
Stanton Welch: Powder
Peter Wright's productions of The Nutcracker (Prince, Drosselmeyer), The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund), Coppélia (Franz) and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried)

David Bintley: Cyrano (Christian), Cinderella (Prince) and Faster
Kim Brandstrup: Pulcinella (Caviello)
Jessica Lang: Lyric Pieces