The Royal Ballet’s principal character artist Alastair Marriott has announced his resignation after 30 years.
He said he was leaving to develop his work as a choreographer.
Royal Ballet director Kevin O’Hare described Marriott as a “distinguished principal character artist” who has appeared in a “wealth of the company’s repertory and worked with some of the leading figures from the Royal Ballet’s history, including Kenneth MacMillan and Christopher Wheeldon”.
He added: “As a choreographer, he has contributed to the canon of the Royal Ballet with the many new works created especially for the company and for the Royal Ballet School. I wish him continued success in the future.”
Marriott’s works for the company include In the Hothouse, Connectome and The Unknown Soldier, which was nominated for an Olivier award earlier this year.
Marriott said: “I’d like to thank the Royal Ballet for my schooling, career and all the opportunities it has provided me with, but now is the right time for me to leave the company to develop my work as a choreographer.”
The Royal Ballet has announced that character artist and ballet master Jonathan Howells is also leaving the company.