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Choreographer Scott Ambler dies aged 57

The dancer and choreographer was an associate artist of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures

Scott Ambler
Scott Ambler
© New Adventures on Twitter
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."

— New Adventures (@New_Adventures) March 19, 2018

— 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

— tom scutt (@tomscuttdesign) March 19, 2018

— Peter Polycarpou (@polywallydoodle) March 19, 2018

— Amy Lennox (@misslenn) March 19, 2018

— kate fleetwood (@katefleetwood) March 19, 2018