James Barton


Born: Birkenhead, The Wirral

Trained: Elmhurst Ballet School

Joined: 2006; Soloist, 2012

Proudest on-stage moment: In 2017 I took a sabbatical to perform in the original West End production of An American in Paris, directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. I will remember the opening night forever – I learnt so much from that incredible experience.

Favourite one-act ballet: The Dream by Frederick Ashton – comedy, drama, beautiful choreography and stunning music – what’s not to love?’

Most memorable created role: The Evil Urchin in the late Gillian Lynne’s Miracle in the Gorbals. She taught me so much about the skill of story-telling through dance.


Petrushka (title role), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), The Dream (Puck), La Fille mal gardée (Widow Simone, Alain), Concerto (First Movement), ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café (Texas Kangaroo Rat), Swan Lake (Benno).

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