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Christopher Gable Suggest updates

Born London, 13 March 1940.
Died Manchester, 23 October 1998.

English dancer, actor, and choreographer.

After the 1957 season Christopher Gable joined the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, where in the early 1960s he was the British dancer most often compared to Nureyev. He created works by Ashton and MacMillan, often in partnership with Lynn Seymour (who, under her own name of Springbett, already partnered him on this tour). He retired early from dancing and became an actor, particularly associated with films directed by Ken Russell (Eric Fenby in Song of Summer, a fascinating TV portrait of Delius, as well as roles in Women in Love and The Boyfriend). He returned to the dance field as Artistic Director of Northern Ballet Theatre, based in Manchester, producing choreography for a number of new works, and creating the title role of L S Lowry in Gillian Lynne’s A Simple Man.

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