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Lauren Cuthbertson

Curriculum Vitae

Principal, Royal Ballet London

What do you like to eat before performances or during rehearsal days?

On performance days I like to eat quite simply. Nothing with too much flavour or too many spices!

At around 3pm I have a late lunch including some pasta, potatoes or rice If I feel I need something nearer or during the show I always have snacks close by.

What sort of training do you do to stay in shape?

I swim and do Pilates almost daily to assist any of the demands I’m facing in our varied repertoire. I’m currently recovering from injury and have had 5 months off ballet so far, so I know it’s going to be hard work to get back to full fitness. Luckily at the Royal Ballet we have fantastic support and excellent facilities and a dedicated team for rehab and maintenance.

What do you keep in your dance bag to keep hydrated during the day?

I drink water, fresh juice, tea and coffee depending on what I feel like. I keep a ‘high juice’ cordial at the theatre. If I’m rehearsing something particularly exhausting I might us a Lucozade sport or a SIS powder so I can maintain energy for a little longer.

What do you do to relax between rehearsals?

I catch up on emails and messages, read the news, have physiotherapy, organise pointe shoes, do my laundry… But I love to pop home and potter around.

How do you relax outside of dance/what are your hobbies?

I love going to the theatre, cinema or to any exhibitions of interest. I play backgammon, love arts and crafts and am forever making new playlists of different music. I spend time with my family and close friends but I don’t like to plan too much. I’m usually exhausted or in recovery/preparation mode which is just how it is when you dedicate your life to something you love.