Christopher Gable

Dancer, Actor, Director
Famed British ballet star Christopher Gable made an uncommonly successful transition to acting, performing significantly in both film and theater. The lanky, blond, London-born dancer began his career on scholarship to ... Read more »
Born: 03/12/1940 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (11)

Jungle Assault 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rainbow 1989 (Movie)

Will Brangwen (Actor)

The Lair of the White Worm 1988 (Movie)

Joe Grant (Actor)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Slipper and the Rose 1975 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Vienna 1900: Games With Love and Death 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boy Friend 1971 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

The Music Lovers 1970 (Movie)

Count Anton Chiluvsky (Actor)

Women in Love 1969 (Movie)

Tibby Lupton (Actor)

A Woman of Substance (TV Show)

Actor

Merchant of Venice (TV Show)

Actor
Executive (1)

A Christmas Carol 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive

Biography

Famed British ballet star Christopher Gable made an uncommonly successful transition to acting, performing significantly in both film and theater. The lanky, blond, London-born dancer began his career on scholarship to the Royal Ballet School. Upon graduation in 1956. Gable began working in opera ballet with contemporary Lynn Seymour. The two then joined the Royal Ballet Touring company, and in 1960 he won his first big stage role in "The Invitation", cast opposite Seymour at her recommendation. The following year, they were again paired in the premiere of "The Two Pigeons". While with the touring company of the Royal Ballet, Gable danced leading roles in "The Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake", "La Fille Mal Gardee" and "Sylvia". 1963 saw Gable transfer from touring to the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, performing in productions of "Coppelia", "Giselle", "Daphnis and Chloe" and "Cinderella". The Gable and Seymour pairing became known as a powerfully complementary team whose exceptional dancing proficiency was matched by their strong acting skills. In this capacity they were cast as Romeo and Juliet in MacMillan's 1965 ballet production of Shakespeare's play. While the roles were created by Gable and Seymour, they were removed from the premiere cast and replaced by Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, more well-known dancers considered to be bigger box-office draws. Gable went on to get rave reviews for his work in subsequent performances of the ballet, and the next year he had a successful run as the Joker in John Cranko's ballet "Card Game".

Relationships

Emma Gable

Daughter
mother Carol Needham survived him

Tomas Gable

Son
mother Carol Needham survived him

Brian Gable

Brother
survived him

Carole Needham

Wife
survived him

EDUCATION

Royal Ballet School

1956
attended on scholarship

Milestones

1998

Dropped out of NBT due to illness, passing duties on to associate director Michael Pink

1996

Appointed Commander of the British Empire

1994

Was artistic director for the Northern Ballet Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol"; production aired on A&E in the USA

1989

Worked again with Russell, acting in "The Rainbow"

1988

Appeared in the Ken Russell thriller "The Lair of the White Worm"

1987

Played the painter L S Lowry in Gillian Lynne's Northern Ballet Theatre production "A Simple Man" on stage and on British television

1984

Acted in the popular syndicated miniseries "A Woman of Substance"

1982

Opened the Central School of Ballet with Ann Stannard in Clerkenwell, England

1977

Played Pierre in the NBC TV-movie adaptation of Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

1976

Featured in "The Slipper and the Rose", a musical retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale, starring Richard Chamberlain

1970

Had starring roles in "The Music Lovers" and "The Boy Friend", both films produced and directed by Russell

1968

Appeared in Ken Russell's adaptation of "Women in Love"

1967

Left the Royal Ballet, citing problems with arthritic feet

1966

Had a successful run as the Joker in John Cranko's "Card Game"

1965

For the premiere performance of "Romeo and Juliet", he and Seymour were replaced by the more well-known Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn

1963

Transferred to the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, taking lead roles in "Coppelia", "Giselle", "Daphnis and Chloe" and "Cinderella"

1961

Again danced with Seymour in the premiere of "The Two Pigeons"

1960

Won his first big stage role in "The Invitation" cast opposite Seymour at her recommendation

1957

Danced in the Royal Ballet touring company

1956

Began working in Covent Garden Opera Ballet with contemporary Lynn Seymour after graduating from the Royal Ballet School

With the touring company, danced leading roles in "The Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake", "La Fille Mal Gardee" and "Sylvia"

Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and acted in acclaimed productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Hamlet"

Won a scholarship to London's Royal Ballet School

Took over as director of Northern Ballet Theatre; transformed its repertoire, creating full-evening productions such as "Don Quixote" and "Dracula"

Acted in varied roles in productions in Manchester, Bristol and Oxford theaters

Bonus Trivia

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Appointed Commander of the British Empire in 1996

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