James Barton


Born: Birkenhead, The Wirral

Trained: Elmhurst Ballet School

Joined: 2006, Soloist, 2012

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

Guest appearances: I’m currently on sabbatical performing in the original West End production of An American in Paris.

Most important role: TheAlaskan Rag in MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations. I love making people laugh and finding sincere moments of comedy in roles. I loved ever single moment of performing this ballet.

Inspirational teacher: Alfreda Thorogood at Elmhurst – an ex-Royal Ballet Principal and brilliant woman. She always encouraged me to be an individual and play to my strengths.

Most memorable created role: The Evil Urchin in Gillian Lynne’s Miracle in the Gorbals. She taught me so much about acting and how to structure a role.

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