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George-Murray Nightingale

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George-Murray Nightingale


George-Murray was born in Manchester, England. He studied at Kathleen Atherton’s Academy of Dance, in Leigh; The Hammond School, in Chester; and the English National Ballet School. He has danced with English National Ballet, the National Ballet of Romania and the Royal Ballet of Flanders. He joined The Australian Ballet in 2017.

George-Murray left The Australian Ballet in March 2024.

Repertoire highlights

  • Benvolio in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet
  • Tolstoy in Yuri Possokhov's Anna Karenina
  • Leandre Marius Petipa's and Alexei Ratmansky's Harlequinade
  • 1st Theme pas de deux in George Balanchine's The Four Temperaments
  • 1st Cannon and Locomotive boys in William Forsythe's Artifact Suite
  • Cat and mouse duet in Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Crystal Pite and Marco Goecke's Kuntskamer
  • Faun in Stanton Welch's Sylvia
  • Drosselmyers Assistant in Peter Wright’sThe Nutcracker
  • Faun in Stanton Welch’s Sylvia
  • The Mad Hatter, Fish, Dormouse and Gardener in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland©
  • Tim Harbour's Filigree and Shadow
  • Hairdresser in Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella
  • Alligator Crawl in Graeme Murphy’s Grand

You may not know

George-Murray is a “musical-theatre geek” and loves anything to do with Broadway. In 2022 George-Murray married fellow dancer Lucien Xu.