The Royal Ballet was founded by Dame Ninette de Valois . The first permanent home for the ballet company, then known as Vic-Wells , was the Sadler's Wells Theater , directed by Lilian Baylis . The first productions included The Rake's Progress (1935) and Checkmate (1937). The program also included Russian productions by Sergei Djagilew and the Mariinsky Theater . Alicia Markowa and Margot Fonteyn were among the first stars of the ballet company .
The ballet company stayed in Sadler's Well Theater until 1939. During the war it performed in numerous locations in England. In February 1946 she moved to the Royal Opera House. On the occasion of the reopening of the house, Sleeping Beauty was performed to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky .
In 1956 the name The Royal Ballet was given by a Royal Charter to celebrate its 25th anniversary .
Ninette de Valois headed the ballet company until 1963. Her successors were:
- 1964-1970: Frederick Ashton
- 1970-1986: Kenneth MacMillan
- 1986-2000: Anthony Dowell
- 2001-2002: Ross Stretton
- 2002–2012: Monica Mason
- since 2012: Kevin O'Hare
Royal Ballet School
The associated Royal Ballet School trains dancers and ballet teachers in London. It is not to be confused with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). The London Royal Ballet has the Birmingham Royal Ballet as a sister company , which emerged in 1990 from Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, which was relocated from its London headquarters. The third of the most important British ballet companies is the English National Ballet .
- The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House website, accessed May 27, 2014
- A brief history, ( Memento of the original from September 5, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Birmingham Royal Ballet website , accessed May 27, 2014