Marion Tait to step down at BRB

Published: 24 November 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Marion Tait Credit: Andrew Ross
Marion Tate as Carabosse Credit: Bill Cooper
Marion Tate as the Stepmother in Cinderella Credit: Bill Cooper

Marion Tait CBE will step down from her role as Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet on 31 December 2020. From January, she will work part-time rehearsing and coaching the dancers.

She said, "the present situation with COVID-19, has made it impossible for me to fulfil such a crucial role at Birmingham Royal Ballet at this very important time in its history. I would have loved to have carried on supporting Carlos in his exciting vision for the company and, in a way, I will, as I continue to rehearse and coach the dancers and try to be as useful to the company as I can! I shall still feel part of the Birmingham Royal Ballet family, which is something I am proud to be."

Born in London, Tait joined the Royal Ballet touring company (now Birmingham Royal Ballet) at just 17, rising to the rank of Principal and dancing the lead ballerina roles in all the classics. In 1995, she became BRB's Ballet Mistress, and until recently she performed character roles such as Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty and The Wicked Stepmother in David Bintley’s Cinderella, which was created for her in 2010.