We invite you to visit the Bolshoi theatre which recently opened its doors after 6 years of major renovation. During the tour you'll see the fabulous halls with restored 19th century interiors, learn about most advanced technologies used in the theatre today and even go behind the scenes to watch a rehearsal if there is one during your visit.
The history of the theatre goes back to the late 18th century; the existing old building was designed by the architect Joseph Bové in 1825. During the Soviet years the Bolshoi was refurbished a few times, but original tsarist interior and acoustics were seriously damaged. But now the experts can prove that the unique acoustics and the interior decorations of the theatre are restored.
The Bolshoi today is one of the most technically advanced theatres in the world. During the tour you'll visit the lower lobby, White (main) lobby, the luxurious imperial Great and Small Halls that offer exhibitions of Opera and Ballet. You will also learn about the features of Beethoven's underground hall-transformer: in a few minutes it turns into a concert hall, orchestra pit and a choir hall or into an auditorium depending on the event.
Restored halls of the theatre
Beethoven's underground hall-transformer
The highlight of each tour is a great view of the main stage of the Bolshoi Theatre from the upper level of the main lodge. And if you are lucky you might see a rehearsal or scenery installation for the upcoming theatre performances.
The English-speaking tours are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at midday while private tours might be arranged upon your request on weekdays. We will be happy to make the theatre visit as a part of your Moscow tours