Royal Ballet principal dancer Rupert Pennefather is to leave the company after 16 years.
During his time at the Royal Ballet, Pennefather, who became a principal in 2008, has partnered dancers including Sylvie Guillem, Marianela Nunez and Darcey Bussell.
Pennefather said: “I am so grateful for my time with the Royal Ballet. I will always treasure having danced with so any wonderful partners in such incredible productions. I feel it’s time to see what other opportunities the future holds.”
Replacement casting for his scheduled performances in 2015/16 season will be announced shortly.
Royal Ballet director Kevin O’Hare said Pennefather had excelled in works by choreographers including Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan.
He added: “Rupert has been a wonderful dancer with the Royal Ballet. We wish him every future success.”