Peter Wright (1926) danced with Ballets Jooss and Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet, where he also choreographed his first ballet, A Blue Rose, in 1957. In 1959, he was appointed ballet master with Sadler’s Wells Opera and a teacher at the Royal Ballet School. Two years later, Wright joined Stuttgarter Ballett as a teacher and ballet master.
There, he produced his first version of Giselle, which was later also taken into the repertoires of The Royal Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet. In 1969, Wright returned to England, where he became Associate to the Directors and then Associate Director of The Royal Ballet. In 1977, he was appointed Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, which became Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1990.
During his career, Wright developed into a specialist in the classical repertoire. His productions of The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker are still being performed all over the world.
Wright, who retired in 1996, has received various awards and honorary doctorates. He was awarded a knighthood in the 1993 Queen's birthday honours list. He is currently president of the Benesh Institute of Choreology and director of The Creative Dance Artists Trust.