(b Birmingham, 3 Feb. 1969)
British dancer, choreographer, and theatre director. He trained locally and at the Royal Ballet School in 1986; graduating into Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) in 1988. Two years later he moved to the Royal Ballet where he was promoted to soloist in 1998 and principal character artist in 2002. He danced a wide range of solo and character roles but increasingly focused on his choreography. He created his first works as a student, including On Classicism (1987) for the Royal Ballet School and went on to produce numerous works for the two Royal companies. For Birmingham his works included Those Unheard (mus. Britten, 1989) and for the Royal The Turn of the Screw (mus. Panufnik, 1999), Mr-Bear-Squash-You-All-Flat (a tribute to Constant Lambert, 2001), and The Seven Deadly Sins (mus. Weill, 2007).
He has also choreographed for other companies including Rambert Dance Company, National Ballet of China, and English National Ballet (The Canterville Ghost, 2006), as well as for opera, television and film.
Tuckett's work has always tended towards narrative, his style blending contemporary and classical vocabularies; but after 2000 it widened to embrace more overtly theatrical conventions. Works like Wind in the Willows (2002), The Soldier's Tale (2003), and The Thief of Baghdad (2008)—all for the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre—incorporated puppetry, props, and spoken text. Tuckett has also worked as a theatre director, directing the Sondheim musical Into the Woods and a stage adaptation of the novel Marianne Dreams (both London, 2007).