Since 1955 White Lodge in London’s Richmond Park has been the home of The Royal Ballet Lower School. Commissioned as a hunting lodge by George I, it is a fine example of the neo-Classical English Palladian style of architecture.
For more than eighty years The Royal Ballet School has occupied a central role in the cultural life of the nation, producing some of the world’s most acclaimed dancers and choreographers. Its contribution to Classical ballet is acknowledged internationally.
White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource Centre has made the building and its history available to the public for the first time. The Lodge was commissioned in 1727, the year following the debut of the ‘first ballerina’ Marie Camargo at the Paris Opera. Its story continues to weave in and out of the fascinating history of Classical ballet.
The displays within the Museum feature material from the internationally significant Royal Ballet School Collections. Visitors can gain insight into the history of ballet, the history of the building and its inhabitants, and the story of The Royal Ballet School and Companies.