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English dancer Leanne Cope is a former First Artist of The Royal Ballet. Cope trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2003, promoted to First Artist in 2009. She retired from the Company in 2016 to focus on her work on Broadway, having taken a sabbatical from the Company the previous two Seasons to create the role of Lise Dassin (Christopher Wheeldon’s award-winning An American in Paris) for Théâtre du Châtelet and on Broadway.

Cope was born in Bath and began dancing at the age of five. She trained at The Dorothy Colebourne School of Dance before joining The Royal Ballet School White Lodge at the age of 11. Her repertory with the Company included Clara (The Nutcracker), Princess Louise (Mayerling), pas de six (Giselle), White Cat and Red Riding Hood (The Sleeping Beauty), Mustard Seed (The Dream) and roles in Asphodel Meadows, Concerto, Song of the Earth, Sensorium, Four Temperaments and ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Cafe.

She created several roles for the Company and has a particularly strong relationship with Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett, who has described her as having ‘a presence on stage like no other’. Cope’s role creations for Scarlett include Emily Dimmock and Annie E. Crook (Sweet Violets) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel). She also created roles in Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Jonathan Watkins’s As One, Will Tuckett’s Timecode and works by Scarlett, Watkins and Samantha Raine in The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works.

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Leanne Cope STAGE CREDITS

[West End]
West End Production, 2017
Lise Dassin

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2015
Lise

[Paris]
World Premiere Production, 2014
Lise Dassin

Broadway: An American in Paris (Lise)

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Guest Reviewer Kym Vaitiekus Shares His Thoughts On AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

An American in Paris is a glorious and inventive new musical inspired by the 1951 movie with a superb collection of music by the Gershwins.

Myles Frost, Sharon D. Clarke, Jaquel Spivey & More Amongst 2022 Theatre World Awards Recipients

Each year The Theatre World Awards presents 12 awards to outstanding debut performances on and off-Broadway. This year's honorees have just been announced and we've got the full list.

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BBC Announces SUNDAY NIGHT MUSICALS Series Line-Up

BBC has announced the new line-up for the new series that will present filmed productions of popular musicals. Filmed captures of Kiss Me Kate and An American in Paris will be broadcast. The BBC Proms concert John Wilson on Broadway will also be aired, featuring performances from Sierra Boggess, Seth McFarlane, and more. Watch the trailer now!

Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope to Lead AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Australian Tour

Broadway and West End leads Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope will reprise their show-stopping turns as the American GI Jerry Mulligan and the young Parisian dancer Lise Dassin in Australia in An American In Paris, with two of the country's leading lights Cameron Holmes and Dimity Azoury from The Australian Ballet, to alternate in the lead roles.

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Leanne Cope FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Leanne Cope has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Leanne Cope has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

Leanne Cope's first West End show was An American in Paris which opened in 2017

Leanne Cope has been nominated for several awards for her role in the musical "An American in Paris." These include the Outstanding Actress in a Musical category at the Drama Desk Awards, the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards, the Outstanding Actress in a Musical category at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater at the Theatre World Awards. She was also nominated for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards.

Leanne Cope has won the Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theater (Theatre World Awards) for her performance in "An American In Paris".

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