March 28, 1776 Catherine II signed the prosecutor Prince Peter Urusov "privilege" on the content of performances, masquerades, balls and other amusements for ten years. This date is considered the foundation of the Bolshoi Theater.
Bolshoi Theater of Russia has always been and remains one of the main symbols of our nation and its culture. This is the main Russian national theater that transmits the traditions of the Russian musical culture, as well as center of international culture, contributing to the development of theatrical art of the country. The theater is a living organism that is in a constant search for new and creative ideas. It promotes the formation of new aesthetic priorities in opera and ballet art, especially in the Russian repertoire.
During the tour of the historical building of the Bolshoi Theater, you will learn about the history of theater and the performing arts in general, hear the story of eminent personalities who have made invaluable contributions to the development of Russian culture, learn the secrets of the restoration of the theater building, will see the great work of the unique professionals involved in the reconstruction of the Bolshoi.
After the tour you can visit the presentation of the Bolshoi Theater on the new or the main stage.
Guided tours are available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tour starts at 12:00.