Renowned choreographer and dancer Scott Ambler has passed away at the age of 57.
An associate artist with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures company, Ambler trained at the Ballet Rambert School and had performing credits including the The Car Man, Cinderella, Swan Lake and Edward Scissorhands with New Adventures. He also danced with companies including ENO, The Royal Opera House and DV8.
As a choreographer his work included Candide and Oppenheimer with the RSC, Passion at the Donmar Warehouse, Chariots of Fire at the Hampstead Theatre and West End, and Enron at Chichester Festival Theatre and West End. Further credits assisting Bourne included Oliver! at the London Palladium, and My Fair Lady at the National Theatre. He also helped to stage the Swan Lake section in the Billy Elliot film.
Announcing Ambler's death on Twitter, New Adventures said: "Our thoughts and love are with his family and close friends. He will be sorely missed by us all."
Rupert Goold, artistic director of the Almeida Theatre said: "I can't believe we've lost Scott Ambler. The most positive, passionate, life-giving collaborator ever. Enron, Decade, Medea, Earthquakes in London together... Dance on my friend."
It is with deep sadness that New Adventures has learned that our Associate Artist Scott Ambler died this weekend.— New Adventures (@New_Adventures) March 19, 2018
Our thoughts and love are with his family and close friends. He will be sorely missed by us all. https://t.co/0guniRkiST pic.twitter.com/Z6L3nyFdvI
I can't believe we've lost Scott Ambler. The most positive, passionate, life-giving collaborator ever. Enron, Decade, Medea, Earthquakes in London together as well as this from Time and the Conways that we began with. Dance on my friend. pic.twitter.com/giW6oFkqlV— rupertgoold (@rupertgoold) March 19, 2018
Other industry figures reacting to the news on Twitter include designer Tom Scutt and actors Peter Polycarpou, Amy Lennox and Kate Fleetwood
I'll never forget watching the first preview RSC audience's collective jaw hit the floor as Scott Ambler's opening choreography for our Vegas Merchant of Venice took flight. It embodied the man himself - totally endearing and very cheeky. Rest well, Scott. X pic.twitter.com/A0GFrFxTC3— tom scutt (@tomscuttdesign) March 19, 2018
Very saddened to hear of the passig of Scott Ambler. He was such a huge talent and I send my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. I loved both his work inside and outside New Adventures. He was such a fabulous person too. Gone far too young. https://t.co/PqTj1SIE0Q— Peter Polycarpou (@polywallydoodle) March 19, 2018
Scott Ambler ...I cant believe you've gone the best choreographer I've ever had the pleasure to work with - your work on Decade will stay with me forever... I loved that job so much and you were key to that ... whenever I hear Emilie Sandies ‘Heaven' I will think of you— Amy Lennox (@misslenn) March 19, 2018
I'm just so sad to hear the brilliant choreographer, Scott Ambler has died. He was such a kind man, with fire in his belly. A privilege to have worked with him. A Northern Star. Peace to you.— kate fleetwood (@katefleetwood) March 19, 2018
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