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Bolshoi Theatre
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Owner description: The oldest theater in Moscow, rebuilt following a fire and later a hurricane, is magnificent both inside and out, and its resident opera and ballet troupes rate among the finest in the world.
Reviewed 11 May 2014

We saw the Ballet performance, 'Bright Steam' on the new stage on the 3rd May. After checking out the ticket prices 3 months before the performance, I found buying the tickets on the Bolshoi website was about half the price of going to some of the ticket agents. I managed to get two seats in the middle of row 8 for 1500 RUB each. The same tickets with other outside companies were twice that amount!!!

There are 2 stages, the new which showed the Ballet and the original old stage which showed the Opera. Both are in separate buildings.

The theatre was wonderful and the performance was fantastic. It was nice that so many got dressed up for the occasion.

As expected the drinks from the bar were very expensive with a glass of champagne costing 23 pounds! So I skipped on that.

If you are in Moscow for a short time and you definitely want tickets try to get them as soon as you can. This way you will get a better choice of seat and the prices will be cheaper. Good idea to buy on the Bolshoi website to get the best seat prices and save $$$$$. http://www.bolshoi.ru/en/

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Reviewed 9 May 2014

Be careful there are two buildings - one is historical one( you can see it on postcards), the other is a new one. The tickets for lattest are cheaper and easier to get.

For the dress circle and upper circles I would strongly recommend booking only first row, otherwise you will not see anything but the head of the person sitting in front of you. For ballet the circles are better than the stalls.

The theatre has things to explore, so it can be a good a idea to come in advance or you can have a look at theatre interior during entr'acte.

To enjoy the view of the whole theatre visit the seventh circle ( floor) and you can also see how magnificient the luster is.

Also it is good to visit fifth floor( dress circle) there are some nice theatrical exhibitions there.

It is a bit easier to find tickets for opera but Bolshoi is more famous for its ballet.


The Lady of the Camellias by John Neumeier is strongly recommended

La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer; / Bayaderka) is great choice too.

1  Thank Nadezda Z
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Although we had a lovely evening watching Bellini's La Sonnambula [Sleepwalker] we didn't realise until the last minute that the performance was in the new Theatre not the restored one which we had wanted to see, as our tickets were booked by someone else. As a result we missed seeing the "main" Bolshoi Theatre which was a pity - maybe next time. So I agree with a previous reviewer check carefully where your chosen performance is being held if you want to see the main Bolshoi Theatre. We went by Metro and on foot so I wore flat shoes and changed into high heels at the theatre [took a bag to put them in] which everyone else seemed to be doing as well. We thought we would have a drink before the performance but at approx. £30 for a glass of champagne we stuck to water though many people were drinking champagne at that price. The performance was in Italian with Russian surtitles but we had printed off the English synopsis in advance.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Iconic place of course, but if you can choose, definitely go for the 'old historic' part. Most performances are in the new part, which is 'ok' but not that iconic. Tip: if you book in the historic part: go to the building physically. Ordering online will cost you many times more...

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

The Bolshoi Theatre is facing a big statue of Karl Marx, its architecture is very nice, I haven't been inside but I'm sure it's as nice as it is outside!

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