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“The nutcracker”
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The Bolshoi Theatre - Symbol of Russia
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Owner description: The oldest theater in Moscow, rebuilt following a fire and later a hurricane, is magnificent both inside and out, and its resident opera and ballet troupes rate among the finest in the world.
Reviewed January 5, 2014

The interior reminds me la Scala theatre in Milan, wonderful.
I enjoyed every second of this performance . Tchaikovsky sounds better at the Bolshoi, it is the wright place!

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Saw the Nutcracker here last night and was lucky enough to have front row seats in a box (no 8) about halfway back on the third floor. Tickets cost 8000rub.

On the plus side it is a grand and regal old theatre and you can imagine the tsars of old there, soaking up the arts. Also the ballet, the lighting and the set were amazing. The stage is enormous and was never crowded even with 40+ performers onstage. Plus, the exterior facade is magnificent. I would certainly recommend a visit if you are visiting Moscow and something you enjoy is on.

However, i am surprised at the apparent lack of thought that went into the reconstruction which apparently cost 700m and thats dollars not rubles! To me it seemed rather bland and not up to the standard of the decor in other Russian theatres. Gone are the old velvet lounges and in their place dining chairs and bar stools? Whereas all modern theatres i have been to are designed so all the seats are comfortable, have good views and are reasonably close to the stage, the Bolshois design precludes that. The stalls are too low and behind the deep, wide, violinist-eating bear pit. Meanwhile, the U shape and virtually no tiering in the 'circle' boxes means the front row is it and behind is the sound of squeaking chairs as people move to try and get a glimpse of the stage. Its actually funny along the sides of the U as one person leans out to improve their view, so the rest of the crowd does like a small Mexican wave. Also you are constantly turned to one side. True, the seats at the back have an unimpeded and straight ahead view but i would argue they are too far back to appreciate the show. Ah, but perhaps i am not enough of a purist. I guess the hard chairs and necessity of opera glasses is all part of the Russian experience.

Thank Stu2meke
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

I will keep this short and to the point. When in Moscow, you must go to the Bolshoi Theatre. It doesn't matter which performance is playing, just go. Buy a ticket via the official ticket service; ask your concierge to get tickets for you, or take your chances with the touts near the theatre. Regardless of how you do it, just go.

I am not a particular fan of ballet, but (long story short) friends arranged for us to see Swan Lake at the Bolshoi. It would be a stretch to say I was now a convert to ballet, but even a hardened cynic like myself was blown away by the performance and sheer majesty of the theatre. Genuinely spectacular in every respect.

Seeing the Bolshoi dancers perform in their own theatre is bucket list stuff. Go and see for yourself. I can not imagine you will be disappointed.

3  Thank Speedbox
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

Did not visit the inside but intentionally did a walk around the building which takes up most of a city block to photograph the architecture. I really enjoyed the beauty of the lighting of the building.

Rich in history this particular building has gone through a multi-million Dollar renovation and looks like it was built recently, clear evidence that the renovation has been a success!

Easy walking distance from the Red Square area and makes for a short visit if you are just doing the external of the building. Beautiful for photographs and a nice backdrop if with a group!

This was located close to my hotel the Park Hyatt and so passed it many times both during the day and night and I enjoyed the view and the lighting at all times!

Considering its rich history in the arts and theatre this for me would be a must visit on a trip to Moscow!

1  Thank Harv and Les C
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We went for "The Nutcracker" ballet and the occasion was well worth the cost and issues we went through to get the tickets. Our seats were perfect however.

You are suitably awed by the surroundings and are more than surprised by the way the people were dressed. From long gowns and furs to a ( I kid you not) track suit.

The ballet was stunning, the sets were artworks and the transitions seamless. I did get the feeling that the female lead was not as good as her male partner, but this did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the moment.

I am not a ballet fundi by any means and was a not so willing participant. I am still not a ballet fundi, but did enjoy it immensely. So husbands, all is not lost.

Do it if you can!

2  Thank Tony M
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