Will Tuckett is an award-winning choreographer, dancer and director of theatre, opera and film. Trained at the Royal Ballet School, he was a member of the Royal Ballet from 1990–2005 working as a choreographer and dancer. He is now a Principal Guest Artist. He has choreographed extensively for the Royal Ballet, ROH2, Sadler’s Wells and Birmingham Royal Ballet. His work as choreographer and theatre director includes Faeries; Pleasure’s Progress; The Thief of Baghdad; Pinnocchio; The Seven Deadly Sins; Timecode; Into the Woods; The Wind In The Willows; The Soldiers Tale and The Firebird (Royal Opera House), In The Night Garden Live (National Tour/Australian Tour), Finkelstein’s Castle (Brighton Festival), Darcey Bussell Farewell; On Classicism and Nisi Dominus (Sadlers Wells), The Canterville Ghost (English National Ballet), Marianne Dreams and Les Mains D’Alice (Almeida Theatre) Who is This that Comes? (Opera North) and Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel (Iford Opera Festival). A stage adaption of the classic Japanese fairytale The Crane Maiden for PARCO Productions (KAAT Theatre, Yokohama, Japan), Quartet Dance (London Steve Reich Ensemble), Spielende Kinder (ABT2 / Sarasota Ballet), Dietrich (Tokyo), On Before (Carlos Acosta, London Coliseum) as well as new works for Rambert Dance Company, Dance Umbrella, American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, Irek Mukhamedov and Company, K Ballet Tokyo, Ontario Ballet Theatre and Dance Xchange (Bare Bones). He has also worked extensively throughout Europe, the USA, North America, Japan and China. As Choreographer his work for film includes Working Title, Vertigo Films, Rime Of The Ancient Mariner and Shepherds Calendar (BBC), Duet and Sandman (Ch 4). He also directed the short film Nisi Dominus (Sony) and devised the acclaimed documentary series Ballet Hoo: Ballet Changed my Life (Ch4). Awards include the Cosmopolitan Dance Award, The Ursula Moreton Award for Choreography (twice), Jerwood Foundation Award for Choreography, Varna International Competition Award for Best Choreography Nominations include the 2007 The Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography for his production of The Canterville Ghost for English National Ballet. The 2003 The Critics Circle Award for Musical Theatre Choreography for his production of The Wind in the Willows at The Linbury Theatre. Most recently he collaborated with Van Cleef & Arpels and the ROH on a new production at Buckingham Palace, the artist Clare Barclay as part of her installation Shadow Spans at the Whitechapel Gallery London, directed and choreographed a new version of West Side Story for Sage Gateshead/Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the Cultural Olympiad 2012 and was a choreographer on Titian 2012, a collaboration between The Royal Ballet and The National Gallery collaborating with celebrated artist Chris Ofili. He has been working with Greg Doran, the new Artistic Director of the RSC on The Orphan of Zhao in Stratford and revived his adaptation of The Wind in the Willows for its 10th anniversary at the ROH for Christmas 2012. He was Artistic Associate of the Royal Opera House 2007-2011 and was the Clore Dance Fellow 2008-2010. His production of The Wind in the Willows transferred into the West End last Christmas and won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.
Mr. Tuckett staged his Spielende Kinder on The Sarasota Ballet and has created three additional new works for the Company, including Changing Light, Lux Aeterna and the full-length ballet, The Secret Garden.