Born on the Wirral, James Barton trained under Alfreda Thorogood at Elmhurst School for Dance in Camberley, Surrey, and joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2006; First Artist, 2011; Soloist, 2012. His repertoire includes Petrushka (title role), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), Concerto (First Movement), The Dream (Puck), The Shakespeare Suite (Bottom), Swan Lake (Benno), La Fille mal gardée (Alain, Widow Simone), Aladdin (Djinn of the Lamp), ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café (Texas Kangaroo Rat), The Dance House (Third Movement) and Card Game (The Joker.) He has created roles in Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces and Wink as well as several ballets by David Bintley including Cyrano, Faster and The Tempest. In 2014 he re-created the role of the Evil Street Urchin in Gillian Lynne’s Miracle in the Gorbals.
Meet Marlo, our Dance Track graduate
Dance Track works with 30 primary schools and more than 2,500 children in Birmingham, identifying those with the potential to be the ballet dancers of the future. Read about one of our participants who has recently accepted a place at Elmhurst School for Dance.
Iain's Desert Island Discs
In the run up to the world premiere of The Tempest, we spoke to choreographer David Bintley and the dancers creating the lead roles in his magical new ballet. Here Iain Mackay (Prospero) shares the Desert Island Discs he'd want with him if he was truly the lord of Shakespeare's mystical isle.