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On my recent trip to St Petersburg I had the pleasure of attending a performance of Swan Lake in the Hermitage Theatre. I enjoyed every minute of it, but must say the best seats are in the back, that was where I was sitting. So...More
Fantastic show in an intimate theater. Tips: go early, at least an hour before the start which is usually 7:30. The seats are unnumbered and side seats may be poor. Tour groups show up and take a lot of seats. Also, do not purchase a...More
Saw swan lake ballet which was excellent but the theater sold too many tickets and there wasn’t enough seats for everyone to sit as there are no assigned seats. We were squished in like sardines which made for a very bad bad experience. I paid...More
I'm writing this during the second intermission of a Swan Lake performance. The orchestra and the principal dancers are excellent, especially Odette, and the intimate venue makes for a great way to see the dancers' expressions. However, as many reviews have stated, there are many...More
I went there to see Swan Lake. It was really bad experience. Theater is small and overcrowded. It seems they had people sitting almost in orchestra pit, just behind the conductor. There is no air conditioner and it was very hot and stuffy. I felt...More
Visited the Hermitage Theatre tonight to see Swan Lake. Gorgeous setting and excellent performance. It’s ‘free seating’, so get there early and choose seats near to the rear and centre for the best views!
Not to be recommended. Audience was 95% Asian, who in spite of being asked many times not to take photos insisted on photographing, videoing and texting. Standard of performance left much to be desired, tickets were very expensive and we came away feeling we had...More
This is a wonderful experience, but the tickets weren't cheap and I have to confess that I've seen a better ballet in London and Birmingham! However, it's an excellent performance in a wonderful venue. Horrified at the number of people who kept switching on their...More
This performance of Swan Lake was in a lovely small theater in the Hermitage with curved cushioned seating. We were sitting on the side, about half-way up, but could see everyone on stage easily. No photos were allowed. The dancers were good, but not great,...More
It is quite touristy, but the building and area is so iconic that you expect it to be busy. Seeing a ballet in Russia in the Hermitage is what makes it special not necessarily the ballet, particularly if you don't like... More
It is quite touristy, but the building and area is so iconic that you expect it to be busy. Seeing a ballet in Russia in the Hermitage is what makes it special not necessarily the ballet, particularly if you don't like ballet: which is the case with me. However I can say I saw swan lake at the hermitage.