Dancer and choreographer Alastair Marriott is a Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet. His many works for the Company include Night Falls Fast, Grey Garden, Being and Having Been, Tanglewood, Children of Adam, Sensorium, ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, in collaboration with Christopher Wheeldon), In the Hothouse (Diamond Jubilee Gala) and Connectome. He created the choreography for The Royal Opera's production of The Tsarina's Slippers. His wide repertory as a dancer includes Von Rothbart (Swan Lake), Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker), Dr Coppélius (Coppélia), Widow Simone (La Fille mal gardée), Kostcheï (The Firebird), High Brahmin (La Bayadère), Step-Sister (Cinderella) and Lorenzo (Don Quixote).
Marriott was born in St Margaret’s at Cliffe and trained at Deal Dance Centre and through The Royal Ballet School, going on to graduate into the Company. Roles away from The Royal Ballet have included Prince (Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake). His choreography for The Royal Ballet School includes Prelude and Fugue, Schrumpf and Simple Symphony, and his other work as a choreographer includes: for Darcey Bussell, ‘Kiss’, a pas de deux (Sadler’s Wells) and The Red Shoes (Viva la Diva Arena Tour); for Mara Galeazzi, Lieder and Look West; a pas de deux at The Royal Variety Performance 2010; and a collaboration with Wheeldon for the extinguishing of the flame at the London 2012 Olympics, involving more than two hundred dancers.
Marriott's awards include three nominations for Best Classical Choreography at the Critics’ Circle Dance Awards. He celebrated his 25th year with The Royal Ballet in summer 2014.
News and features
14 November 2014
Role debuts announced for Carlos Acosta's Royal Ballet production.
31 October 2014
Although he only created one full-length ballet, the composer had more to do with dance than you might think.
30 May 2014
A quick guide to The Royal Ballet's new mixed programme, featuring classic works by Ashton and Robbins as well as a world premiere from Alastair Marriott.
28 May 2014
A new theory about what creates our memories, personality and intellect has influenced Alastair Marriott's new ballet.
Tristan Dyer, Alexander Campbell, Steven McRae, Bennet Gartside, Christina Arestis, Alastair Marriott, Genesia Rosato, Christopher Saunders, Thomas Whitehead, Erico Montes and Eric Underwood in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2013
Genesia Rosato, Zenaida Yanowsky and Alastair Marriott in Les Noces © Dee Conway/ROH 2004
Inaki Urlezaga, Darcey Bussell and Alastair Marriott in Monotones II © Bill Cooper/ROH 1999
Alastair Marriott in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012