Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow (must see)

Bolshoi Theatre (Russian: Bolshoy Teatr) is the leading theatre company for ballet and opera in Russia, and one of the most renowned in the world. It has by far the world's biggest ballet troupe of more than 200 dancers, attesting to the name "Bolshoi" (Russian for “grand”).

The theatre's history dates back to 1776. The current building was constructed in 1856 after two of its predecessors had burned down.

As of the late 19th century, Bolshoi has been a major influence on the opera and ballet scene throughout the Western world. Perhaps this had helped it survive the Russian Revolution of 1917. At some point, the Bolsheviks considered demolishing the theatre as the relic of the tsarist regime.

During its history the theatre has successfully survived two world wars, as well as the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The landmark edifice has been renovated several times, with the latest rebuild taking place in 2005-2011. Upon its completion, the Bolshoi regained its pre-Soviet times acoustics along with the imperial décor, seeing, among other things, the replacement of the Soviet hammer & sickle emblem with the two-headed eagle coat of arms on the façade.

Why You Should Visit:
To enjoy ballet and/or opera in this world-famous venue – a once-in-a-lifetime experience you'll never forget. Tickets are expensive, but you have to get there at least once!
Even if you don't get in, the external architecture is really powerful in both daytime light and night illumination. The theatre is part of the Circle of Light festival, a unique light show, playing on the architectural form of the building.

Be sure to check on their website what's on and book long in advance because the famous shows sell out quickly.
Be attentive choosing your seats – on the website, there is a seating plan with visibility limitations.
If you're not so interested in seats for the 'historic' stage and just want to see a great performance, you can always choose the 'new' (cheaper) stage next door.
Note: no cards are accepted in bars (cash only), but there is an ATM inside the theatre.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Sight Name: Bolshoi Theatre
Sight Location: Moscow, Russia (See walking tours in Moscow)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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