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Alastair Marriott

Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet


Alastair Marriott in action.
Alastair Marriott in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2012

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) and Step-Sister (Cinderella).

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

Ballet Essentials: The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

Ballet Essentials: The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

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.

Connectome: Cutting-edge ballet from cutting-edge science

Connectome: Cutting-edge ballet from cutting-edge science

28 May 2014

A new theory about what creates our memories, personality and intellect has influenced Alastair Marriott's new ballet.