Helpmann, Sir Robert (Murray)

Helpmann, Sir Robert (Murray)

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(born April 9, 1909, Mount Gambier, Austl.—died Sept. 28, 1986, Sydney) Australian ballet dancer, choreographer, actor, and director. After dancing and acting in Australia, in 1933 he went to London to study, joining the Vic-Wells Ballet (later Royal Ballet), where he became a regular partner of Margot Fonteyn. His own ballets included Hamlet (1942), Miracle in the Gorbals (1944), and Adam Zero (1946). He danced in the films The Red Shoes and Tales of Hoffmann, acted in many Shakespeare plays, and also directed several plays. He was artistic codirector of the Australian Ballet (1965–76).

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