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Kenneth MacMillan - Choreographer

Sir Kenneth MacMillan was the resident choreographer and former director of the Royal Ballet in London.

MacMillan was born in Dunfermline on December 11, 1929 and grew up in Great Yarmouth. He joined Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet in 1946. Later he began choregraphing for the company's choregraphic group.

A number of successful works followed including Solitaire, The Burrow and his first full-length work, Romeo and Juliet. The year he choreographed Romeo and Juliet, he was appointed resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet.

MacMillan was director of the Berlin Opera Ballet from 1966-69 and became director of the Royal Ballet in 1970. He produced many masterpieces including: 'Valses nobles et sentimentales' (1966), 'Anastasia' (1971) and The Judas Tree' (1992).

In 1977, aged 48, he retired as director and took up the position of principal choreographer for The Royal Ballet. He was knighted in 1983. MacMillan died of a heart attack in 1992.

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