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Also Known As: Died: October 23, 1998
Born: March 13, 1940 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: dancer, actor, director

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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...

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".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rainbow, The (1989) Will Brangwen
2.
 Jungle Assault (1989)
3.
 Lair of the White Worm, The (1988) Joe Grant
4.
5.
6.
 The Music Lovers (1971) [Count] Anton Chiluvsky
7.
 Women in Love (1970) Tibby Lupton
8.
 Woman of Substance, A (1984) Arthur Ainsley
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Won a scholarship to London's Royal Ballet School
1956:
Began working in Covent Garden Opera Ballet with contemporary Lynn Seymour after graduating from the Royal Ballet School
1957:
Danced in the Royal Ballet touring company
1960:
Won his first big stage role in "The Invitation" cast opposite Seymour at her recommendation
1961:
Again danced with Seymour in the premiere of "The Two Pigeons"
:
With the touring company, danced leading roles in "The Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake", "La Fille Mal Gardee" and "Sylvia"
1963:
Transferred to the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, taking lead roles in "Coppelia", "Giselle", "Daphnis and Chloe" and "Cinderella"
1965:
For the premiere performance of "Romeo and Juliet", he and Seymour were replaced by the more well-known Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn
1966:
Had a successful run as the Joker in John Cranko's "Card Game"
1967:
Left the Royal Ballet, citing problems with arthritic feet
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Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company and acted in acclaimed productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Hamlet"
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Acted in varied roles in productions in Manchester, Bristol and Oxford theaters
1969:
Appeared in Ken Russell's adaptation of "Women in Love"
1971:
Had starring roles in "The Music Lovers" and "The Boy Friend", both films produced and directed by Russell
1976:
Featured in "The Slipper and the Rose", a musical retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale, starring Richard Chamberlain
1977:
Played Pierre in the NBC TV-movie adaptation of Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
1982:
Opened the Central School of Ballet with Ann Stannard in Clerkenwell, England
1984:
Acted in the popular syndicated miniseries "A Woman of Substance"
1987:
Played the painter L S Lowry in Gillian Lynne's Northern Ballet Theatre production "A Simple Man" on stage and on British television
:
Took over as director of Northern Ballet Theatre; transformed its repertoire, creating full-evening productions such as "Don Quixote" and "Dracula"
1988:
Appeared in the Ken Russell thriller "The Lair of the White Worm"
1989:
Worked again with Russell, acting in "The Rainbow"
1994:
Was artistic director for the Northern Ballet Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol"; production aired on A&E in the USA
1996:
Appointed Commander of the British Empire
1998:
Dropped out of NBT due to illness, passing duties on to associate director Michael Pink
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Education

Royal Ballet School: - 1956

Notes

Appointed Commander of the British Empire in 1996

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wife:
Carole Needham. Dancer. Survived him.

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brother:
Brian Gable. Survived him.
daughter:
Emma Gable. Mother Carol Needham; survived him.
son:
Tomas Gable. Mother Carol Needham; survived him.

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