The front page of the website has been updates with some news.


Gary's performance dates for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland have been added to the schedule.


Gary's performance dates for The Nutcracker have been added to the schedule.


Gary's performance dates for Mayerling have been added to the schedule.


Gary's performance dates for Woolf Works on tour in Australia have been added to the schedule.


More Nutcracker performances have been added to the schedule.


Gary's performance dates for Woolf Works have been added to the schedule.


Gary's performance dates for La Fille mal gardée have been added to the schedule.


Gary's performance dates for The Nutcracker and Anastasia have been added to the schedule.


Some new crits for The Invitation have been added to the site.


Gary's dates for 'Frankenstein' and 'The Invitation' have been added to the schedule.


Hope you have all seen the exciting news about my gala on the front page of the site.
Gary Avis and friends Gala - Ipswich, Suffolk, September 2016
Hello All,

Thought you might like to hear some news about my latest charity project.

As you may know, we moved back to live permanently in Suffolk two years ago, best thing we ever did. I absolutely love Suffolk. I’m obviously carrying on as Principal Character Artist and Ballet Master with The Royal Ballet and Tim has become Development Director for the central charity for the County, Suffolk Community Foundation www.suffolkcf.org.uk

You may also know that I recently joined the board of trustees at Dance East in Ipswich www.danceeast.co.uk and am, working in partnership with their team to support new choreographers and to encourage the community to get involved with the world class dance facilities that they have at The Jerwood Dance House in Ipswich.

When Tim suggested that we could possibly create a project that could raise £100,000 for Suffolk Community Foundation’s Arts and Culture Fund and support special outreach projects with the Foundation and Dance East, I thought we should go for it! And so….

For only the second time in half a century, dancers from The Royal Ballet Company will return to Suffolk for two unique charity gala performances at the Ipswich Regent in September 2016.

Led by me and a Royal Ballet all-star cast, we will perform a specially created programme of Royal Ballet classics, hosted by my very good friend Anton du Beke from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

I’m so thrilled that many of my best friends and favourite dancers have agreed to join me!! What a cast we have!!

In alphabetical order:

Luca Acri, Matthew Ball, Lukas Bjorneboe Braendsrod, Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Alexander Campbell

Reece Clarke, Helen Crawford, Mara Galeazzi, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Ryoichi Hirano, Fumi Kaneko

Emma Maguire, Yasmine Naghdi, Kate Shipway & Zenaida Yanowsky

The programme will contain something for everyone including iconic pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to spectacular modern classics by Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett, William Tuckett and Christopher Wheeldon. There will also be a special celebration of works by two choreographers who have closes links with Suffolk – Sir Frederick Ashton and Ronald Hynd.

You may also be taken on a trip to the Ballroom!!


Advance purchase tickets are available for a very limited period until noon on Tuesday, May 3rd

In partnership with Essential Suffolk Magazine and DanceEast we are delighted to offer you a very special opportunity to see the show from the best seats, whilst at the same time supporting a young person in need to see the performance completely free of charge. We have created an outreach project that will allow young people from community groups in Suffolk to come and see the show for free. This includes their travel, a seat, a programme and, most importantly the opportunity to engage and be inspired by a world that it would be very difficult for them to access in any other way.

It’s very simple. Until noon on May 3rd, you can purchase the best seats in the house for £120 and every ticket you purchase will mean another child can attend.

This wonderful opportunity is available by telephoning the Ipswich Regent Box Office on 01473 433100 quoting booking reference ‘Dance-For-Suffolk’ or book online. You can purchase an unlimited number of these £120 tickets (subject to availability).

Tickets at all prices go on sale from the Ipswich Regent Box Office on May 4th at 9.30 am please call 01473 433100 or visit www.ipswichregent.co.uk

I am absolutely thrilled that companies stepping up to support this project already include BrandMe, Birketts, The East Anglian Daily Times, East of England Co-op, Essential Suffolk and Salthouse Harbour Hotel. Thank you everyone and hope to see you there!

If you are thinking of coming to Ipswich to see the show and would like to make a lovely weekend of it, do consider staying at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel, it's gorgeous! www.salthouseharbour.co.uk


Gary's Giselle dates have been added to the schedule.


Some new crits for The Nutcracker have been added to the site as has more Nutcracker dates for Gary. There are also a few Romeo and Juliet crits form the start of the season.

May 2015

Firstly, I'm so sorry it's been months since I last wrote something on here, I've been busy getting used to my new life in Suffolk and adjusting to all the changes this brings to the way in which the average week pans out. I have to say, it's the best decision I ever made and I really do have the best of both worlds, I'm loving it.........but back to the day job.

Well, this season has been the 26th year of being up there doing what the Avis does, a fun start to the season with my old mates Monsieur GM and Gaoler in Manon, made especially pertinent this time because I lost one of my ballet heroes Derek Rencher (who created so many of the roles I now inhabit). He was a genius of an actor/dancer. Then along came a slightly weird Christmas season for me this year bereft of Drosselmeyer but I had lots of fun as The Duchess and Don Q. After that I had the privilege of rehearsing and performing in Cranko's beautiful ballet Onegin, partnering the divinely musical and expressive Laura Morera in my Gremin performances, I love that ballet! Following on was a genuinely fond farewell to Sir Anthony Dowell's production of Swan Lake which I have enjoyed being a part of for the whole of my RB career, working my way up from Peasant to Cadet, Spanish to Mazurka, Lord Chamberlain to Von Rothbart ....there were tears and for the record - I don't give a damn what anyone has ever said about Von Rothbart's look in this production (and trust me they've harped on and on about that for years) but I've LOVED it and I will miss him and miss donning those massive wings hugely!

Following that I spent some time working on the revival of Song of the Earth, with Dame Monica Mason, an experience I've really enjoyed, taking many trips down memory lane remembering when Carlos, Darcey and I performed it back in 2007! Awesome!
But that was then and this is now. So the weird career of the Avis has now taken yet another absolutely unpredictable turn. I was cast in the World Premiere of Wayne McGregor's first full length production for The Royal Ballet 'Woolf Works' about the life and literary creations of Virginia Woolf. Extraordinary, considering I'm 45! - there's dancing, lots and lots and lots of dancing. It's been an incredible experience getting 'back in the dancing saddle' and I can't say it's been easy or that I've not been sore, but I'm having the time of my life and I'm performing with one of my absolute ballet idols - Alessandra Ferri! Yes really...... pinch me! Its just amazing and the production is stunning. So I'm currently relying on plenty of Epsom Salt baths to soothe those aching muscles to get me through the last few weeks before the USA Tour that is soon upon us! (You can read more about my adventures with Woolf Works thanks to Christine Webber and her lovely article published in The Daily Telegraph …..here. ) Happily revisiting Washington DC and New York again and this year a new city to add to my collection, my first ever visit to Chicago! Can't wait!

Only three more weeks left to go of the 14/15 RB Season at the Royal Opera House and I can honestly say it's been rather an unusual journey this year! Things I would have loved and craved to perform have yet again slipped by the 'casting net' (Widow in Fille) but on the other hand who would have ever thought that at 45 I would be premiering in a McGregor ballet, dancing alongside such amazing talent and partnering the Ferri!! That silver lining definitely found my cloud!!

Take care, love

Gary Avis and Alessandra Ferri in woolf Works
With Alessandra Ferri in Woolf Works @ Dave Morgan
Gary Avis and Alessandra Ferri in woolf Works
With Alessandra Ferri in Woolf Works
PS: thanks to everyone who supported Emma and us all with the first Ann Maguire gala at Sadler's Wells. £100,000 raised from the night so far for an arts fund set up in her memory. Moving experience. Great job everyone! You can still get involved - http://www.annmaguire.org
Ann Maguire gala
Ann Maguire Gala