Marcelino Sambé and Lauren Cuthbertson in Cathy Marston's The Cellist, The Royal Ballet ©2019 ROH. Photograph by Gavin Smart

Dances at a Gathering / The Cellist

17 February4 March 2020
The performance lasts around 2 hours 40 minutes, including one interval.
Main Stage
Ballet and dance
These works are performed together:
  • Dances at a Gathering
  • The Cellist

Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and is much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the first part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.

Approximate running times
Dances at a Gathering: 1 hour 5 minutes
Interval: 30 minutes
The Cellist: 1 hour 5 minutes

Generous philanthropic support from

The Taylor Family Foundation, Julia and Hans Rausing, The JP Jacobs Charitable Trust and The New Choreography Syndicate.

The Cellist – Generous philanthropic support from

Sir Lloyd and Lady Dorfman, Simon and Virginia Robertson, Victoria Robey OBE, Sue Butcher and ROH Young Philanthropists.

Information on supporting this production.



Dances at a Gathering

CompanyThe Royal Ballet

ChoreographyJerome Robbins

MusicFryderyk Chopin

Costume designerJoe Eula

The Cellist

CompanyThe Royal Ballet

ChoreographyCathy Marston

ScenarioCathy Marston and Edward Kemp

MusicPhilip Feeney

Set designerHildegard Bechtler

Costume designerBregje van Balen

Lighting designerJon Clark


There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.