Adam Cooper

Actor / Director / Choreographer

Training: Arts Educational School, The Royal Ballet School

Adventures in Motion Pictures: Created the role of The Swan (‘Swan Lake’). Performed ‘Swan Lake’ at Sadler’s Wells, UK Tour, West End, LA & Broadway. Created the role of The Pilot and also played The Angel in ‘Cinderella’ (West End and LA Seasons). Gala performances of ‘Spitfire’ (1995).

Other companies: Royal Ballet, 1989-97, principal from 1994. Roles included Romeo, Crown Prince Rudolf, ‘Mayerling’, Prince Siegfried, ‘Swan Lake’, Lescaut, The Gaoler, ‘Manon,’ Tybalt,, Prince, Kings of the North and South, ‘Prince of the Pagodas’, The Husband, ‘The Invitation’, Tsarevitch, ‘Firebird’, Bridegroom, ‘Les Noces’, ‘Les Biches’, ‘Gloria’, ‘Winter Dreams’, ‘The Judas Tree’, ‘Different Drummer’, ‘Stravinsky Violin Concerto’, Espado, ‘Don Quixote’, ‘Agon’, ‘Symphony in C’, ‘Ballet Imperial’, ‘Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux’, ‘La Ronde’, ‘Fearful Symmetries’, ‘Still Life at the Penguin Café’, ‘Herman Scherman’, ‘Steptext’, ‘In The Middle Somewhat Elevated’, ‘Danses Concertantes’, ‘The Dream’, ‘SymphonicVariations’, ‘Laa Valse’, ‘Dalphnis and Chloe’, ‘Raymonda Pas de Deux’, ‘Le Corsair Pas de Deux’, ‘Thais Pas de Deux’, ‘Checkmate’, ‘Elite Syncopations’, ‘Requiem’, ‘Magpies Tower’, ‘Talisman Pas de Deux’, ‘Monotones II, ‘Flowers of the Forest’, ‘Allegri Diversi’, ‘A Shropshire Lad’, ‘Raymonda Act III’, ‘Cyrano’, ‘On Your Toes’ (Leicester Haymarket , Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo), ‘Wind in the Willows’ (Royal Opera House), ‘A Soldier’s Tale’ (Royal Opera House, Summer 2004), ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (Sadlers Wells & Leicester Haymarket 2004), ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ (Tour of Japan and Sadlers Wells, 2005) ‘Wallflowering’ (Sevenoaks Playhouse 2005) Sky in‘Guys and Dolls’ (Piccadilly Theatre 2006) Ramon in “Zorro”(National Tour 2008) and The Tin Man in “The Wizard of Oz”(Royal Festival Hall 2008), Simply Cinderella (Curve Theatre, Leicester 2008 - Director and Choreographer), Russell Maliphant (Coliseum), A Soldier’s Tale (Tokyo), Shall We Dance (Sadlers Wells - Director, Choreographer and Star),White Christmas (Southampton, Dublin, Liverpool 2011, Plymouth & The Lowry 2009, Sunderland 2010), Singin In The Rain (Chichester 2011 / Palace Theatre West End 2012; Tokyo 2014, 2017). 

Created roles: ‘Bloodlines’, ‘Enclosure’, ‘Present Histories’, ‘Winter Dreams’, ‘Tombeaux’, ‘Renard’, ‘Judas Tree’, ‘Ebony Concerto’, ‘Desirable Hostilities’, ‘Firstext’, ‘Two Part Invention’, ‘Room of Cooks’, ‘White Water’. Irek Mukhamedov and Company 1993, Portugal Ballet Festival with Sylvia Guillem, 1995; Scottish Ballet, ‘Tales of Hoffman’, 1998.

Television & Film: ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’, BBC, 1983; ‘Prince of the Pagodas’, ‘La Bayadere’, ‘Winter Dreams’, ‘Mayerling’, ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Winter Gala’ with Royal Ballet for BBC; AMP’s ‘Swan Late’, BBC/NVC; ‘Dance Ballerina Dance’, BBC; ‘The South Bank Show’ on Matthew Bourne, ‘Madame Bovary’, BBC, 1999; ‘Billy Elliot’ feature film dir Stephen Daldry, 1999; ‘Jason & the Argonauts’, Hallmark, 1999, and Sandman, C4, 2000.

Choreography: 'Candide' (Mernier Chocolate Factory), 'Evita' (DET NY TEATER), ‘Elegy for Two’ (Images of Dance), ‘Just Scratchin’ the Surface’ (Scottish Ballet), ‘Reflections’ (Images of Dance), ‘Dangereuses Liaisons’ (Workshop), ‘Six Faces’ (K Ballet), ‘Nature of Touch’ (Exeter Festival), ‘On Your Toes’ (Leicester Haymarket & Royal Festival Hall), ‘Garbo’ (Oscarsteatern, Stockholm), ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (Sadlers Wells & Leicester Haymarket) ‘Grand Hotel’ (Donmar Warehouse, Autumn 2004 - Olivier Award nomination), ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ (Tour of Japan, 2005) ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ (Tour of Japan and Sadlers Wells) ‘Promises, Promises’ (Crucible Theatre 2005), Side by Side by Sondheim (The Venure, 2007) and ‘Imagine This’ (Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 2007), Carousel (Bromley and the Savoy Theatre 2008), Roberto Devereux (Opera Holland Park Season 2009), 'Candide' (Menier Chocolate Factory 2013, 'Evita' (Det Ny Teater 2014), 'Sunny Afternoon' (Harold Pinter Theatre),

Awards: Ursula Moreton Choreographic Competition (1988); Professional Level Prize @ Prix de Lausanne (1989), Time Out Award (1995), Evening Standard Award for his performance as The Swan in AMP’s ‘Swan Lake’ (1997), Astaire Award for outstanding Male Dancer and nomination for the 1999 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for the Broadway Season of ‘Swan Lake’ (1999), Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Choreography for ‘On Your Toes’ and Most Popular Dancer (2003)