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Bolshoi Theatre
One of the best known theaters in the world, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, traces its history back to 1776. This was when Empress Catherine the Great granted Prince Pyotr Urusov the privilege of maintaining theater performances of all kinds for a period of 10 years. The current Bolshoi building opened on the coronation day of Tsar Alexander II in 1856, and featured a six-tier auditorium decorated in crimson and gold that could seat up to 2,300 people.

The Bolshoi recently re-opened in October 2011 after being closed for a six-year renovation project. The reconstruction and refurbishment of the theater’s main stage employed over 3,000 specialists at the theater each day, as well as an additional 1,000 in restoration workshops outside of the theater. The project not only restored the historical appearance of the theater, inside and out, but it also restored its legendary acoustics while adding state-of-the-art machinery and stage equipment.

Today, the theater once again offers a full repertoire of operas and ballets such as La Traviata, Carmen, Swan Lake and the Nutcracker. Those wishing to catch a performance at the Bolshoi are advised to purchase tickets several weeks in advance as most tend to sell out.

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The Bolshoi Theatre is located at 1 Teatralnaya Ploshchad and is accessible from either the Teatralnaya Metro Station (Bolshoi Theatre exit) or the Okhotny Ryad Metro Station (Theatre Square exit). The main stage box office is open daily from 12pm - 8pm, with a break from 4pm - 6pm. You may also purchase tickets online.
Address: 1, Teatralny Ploshchad, Moscow, Russia
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Private Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in MoscowHistorical & Heritage Tours

Private Tour of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow

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Delight in the opulent interior of the Bolshoi Theatre, one of Moscow’s most impressive cultural institutions, on a private 2-hour tour of the glamorous building. With a knowledgeable guide, discover the ornately decorated interiors and gilded ceilings of the premium venue and hear of how first-class ballets and operas have been performed here for more than 250 years. Delve into the dramatic history of this national treasure and receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour. 
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