Darren Royston Performer

Darren Royston

Darren began his acting days as an urchin in Oliver! in Harrogate Theatre before joining the National Youth Theatre in London.

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At Cambridge University, he was part of the Cambridge Footlights and performed in, directed and choreographed rather too many productions alongside his English Literature degree, with Shakespeare becoming a major part of his life.

His dance training was harnessed as a choreographer for actors, and he received an MA in Dance Studies (with Distinction) from Laban in London, and began his professional work as an international choreographer in Theatre, Opera, TV and Film.

Darren became a specialist performer and teacher of Historical Dance, appointed as Artistic Director for Nonsuch History and Dance, Chairman of Early Dance Circle, and for UNESCO International Dance Council, taking the role of The Dancing Master for the TV series Dancing Cheek to Cheek, with Len Goodman of Strictly Come Dancing and TV historian Dr. Lucy Worsley.

Darren taught Victorian waltzing to Nicole Kidman in the feature film Queen of the Desert directed by Werner Herzog, and has been Dance Consultant at the National Theatre, Old Vic and workshops for the Royal Shakespeare Company. For RADA, as Associate Movement & Dance Tutor, he wrote the book Dramatic Dance, and choreographs the dancing for The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the all-male company touring Shakespeare productions throughout the UK.