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Edward Watson


Former Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson is a répétiteur of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into The Royal Ballet in 1994 and was promoted to principal in 2005. He was appointed répétiteur in 2020.

Watson was born in Bromley, South London. His repertory with The Royal Ballet included major roles in works by Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan, and numerous role creations for choreographers including Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky. His many role creations for McGregor included in Symbiont(s)QualiaChromaInfraLimenCarbon LifeRaven GirlTetractysWoolf WorksObsidian Tear, and Multiverse, and for Wheeldon Lewis Carroll/The White Rabbit (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Leontes (The Winter’s Tale), and John Singer Sargent (Strapless). Watson has worked with many other choreographers, including Siobhan Davies, David Dawson, Javier De Frutos, Alastair Marriott, Cathy Marston, Ashley Page, and Arthur Pita.

His numerous awards include the 2012 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance, the 2015 Prix Benois de la Danse, and Critics’ Circle Awards in 2001 and 2008. He was awarded an MBE in 2015.