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Things to do in Moscow • Ballet, opera and theatre

Time Out’s Russian editors offer their tips on Moscow’s  essential ballet, opera and theatre venues – for a thrilling evening out in the capital

Boris Gudanov at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia

Things to do in Moscow: Get some culture at the Bolshoi Theatre

Ballet, opera and theatre in Moscow

Chaika (The Seagull) at The Satirikon Theatre, Moscow, Russia

Chaika (The Seagull) at The Satirikon Theatre

While the grand Bolshoi Theatre is rich in heritage (it has attracted tourists for more than 200 years), its productions have always succeed to be at the forefront of contemporary performance. One of the best performances The Bolshoi ballet has offered up recently was the intensely moving opera, ‘Boris Godunov’ by Mussorgsky. With encapsulating song and jaw-dropping theatrical design (including full-scale gem-studded cathedral sets), the 1948 production remained powerfully potent as it transported audiences back to 16th-century Russia. Other accomplished companies include the Satirikon Theatre, which received rave reviews for its take on Chekov’s psychological masterpiece ‘Chaika (The Seagull)’, while the recent run of ‘Swan Lake’ at the Stanislavsky Theatre successfully epitomises how Russian ballet is always capable of reinterpreting timeless classics in unexpected ways.


Theatre details

The Bolshoi Theatre 1 Teatralnaya Square. +7 495 455 55 55.
The Satirikon Theatre 8 Sheremetyevskaya Ulitsa. +7 495 602 65 83.
The Stanislavsky Theatre 23 Tverskaya Street. +7 495 215 00 67.


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