The New York Times:
Alexander Grant, whose portrayal of childlike suitors, muddled husbands, English eccentrics, pirate chiefs and Shakespearean rustics made him one of British ballet’s most beloved stars, died on Friday in London. He was 86.
His death was confirmed by Jean-Pierre Gasquet, his longtime companion. Mr. Grant had been ill for eight months after a hip operation left him hospitalized with infections and pneumonia.
As artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada from 1976 to 1983, he introduced Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée, The Dream, Two Pigeons, Monotones and Les Patineurs to the company.
Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Grant joined the Royal Ballet in 1946 and remained with the company for 30 years in roles including soloist and director of the touring company.
After leaving Canada's National Ballet, he worked with English National Ballet as a coach and character dancer and went on to stage works by Sir Frederick Ashton at companies all over the world.