Sir Peter Wright rehearsing Greta Hodgkinson in Giselle. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.
Sir Peter Wright made his debut as a professional dancer with the Ballets Jooss during World War II and appeared with several dance companies in the 1950s including Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet.
In 1959, Sir Peter was appointed Ballet Master to Sadler’s Wells Opera and teacher at The Royal Ballet School. Two years later, he went to Stuttgart Ballet and was a teacher and Ballet Master of the company being formed by John Cranko. There he choreographed several works, including The Mirror Walkers and Quintet, and mounted his first production of Giselle. His other interpretations of the classics include The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Coppélia. In 1969, Sir Peter returned to The Royal Ballet as Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Associate Director. In 1977, he was appointed Director of Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, taking the company to Birmingham in 1990 when it became Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Throughout his career, Sir Peter has won many awards. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in 1985, was knighted in 1993 and gained the title of Director Laureate of Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1995.