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“An evening you remember”

The Alexandrinsky Theater
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Ranked #127 of 1,900 things to do in St. Petersburg
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The legendary Alexandrinsky Theatre, fully titled as the Russian State Academic A.S. Pushkin Drama Theatre, is the oldest national theatre in Russia. Established in August, 30 1756, by Peter the Great’s daughter Empress Elizabeth, it became the common ancestor of all future Russian theatres, so the date it was founded on is recognised as the Birthday of professional theatre in Russia.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Try to get a ticket for a ballet performance, I saw the more than classic Swan Lake and I shall remember. Just great

2  Thank Bernard A
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Sadly too many members of the audience displayed moronic behaviour with their mobile phones but it is the modern way. Got tickets only a few days before and at affordable prices. Third tier up but view was still very good. The orchestra seemed a bit thin on the ground but gave a good accompaniment . The principal dancers and support dancers all delivered at the top end. My wife is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dance in the UK and bench marked the performance as first class with her professional eye. I would take criticism of summer season performers with a pinch of salt.

2  Thank oneisspc
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

I with my family and friends took in "Swan Lake" at the Alexandrinsky Theatre. Prior to purchasing the tickets I knew that the Mariinsky was the top ballet in St.Petersburg but since their show was sold I out booked here instead.

Paying a premium, we sat on the left side of the theatre about ten rows from the stage. I noticed that the left-most six seats of the row are under the mezzanine and have a partially obstructed view of the stage. Since our kids were seated there - it didn't matter much but it's worth noting to anyone hoping to watch the performance.

The ballet production itself is mediocre. There were a couple of very talented cast members to be sure - but the ensemble in general seemed quite a bit less schooled and rehearsed than other ballet companies I've seen. Certainly, and I always appreciate the effort of professional performers...they didn't to my mind live up to their billing as a "Russian Ballet."

The orchestra was not very good at all. First, it clearly lacked the proper instrumentation to perform the music as Tchaikovsky wrote it. Second, the musicians themselves played poorly - cracked notes by brass and woodwinds were heard more than once and none of the pieces were played with the emotion being acted out by the dancers.

The worst part of the Alexandrinsky...and this could be a seasonal phenomenon...was the audience. Made up mostly of cruise-ship folks dressed in logo clothing and white sneakers; there were enough theatre neophytes that the two ushers working the main floor couldn't keep up with their disruptive and rude behaviors.

1. Woman humming along with performance
2. Several people taping performance on smart phones...after being told to stop
3. Several people taking flash photographs during performance
4. People talking loudly during performance
5. Repeat smart phone offenders being "zapped" by ushers wielding handheld laser pointers

In short, it seems that the producers of this "Swan Lake" understand fully the opportunity brought on by peak travel season and have moved to maximize their profits by putting second tier performers on stage in front of people who will fill the seats and just don't know the difference between a ballet and buffet.

14  Thank BuonaNotteRoma
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

A dream come true...Swan lake in this beautiful theatre...amazing. The ballerinas were exquisite and the theatre so regal

3  Thank jyoB
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Came here to see Swan Lake to see a Russian Ballet in Russia. I was not disappointed with the building or the performance, both were superb. Our seats were great, we purchased our tickets from http://www.balletandopera.com/ with no issues whatsoever. The only issue I did have with our experience, which I am guessing is common in most of these Russian theaters during peak tourism seasons, is that this place was crammed with tourists who were loud, rude, and that took flash photos the entire performance. They were just there because it was part of their tour bus deal and then they were off to the next thing on the list. No matter where you sat or what you did there was no way to escape this. We had a pretty good time but this kinda ruined it a little for us.

3  Thank Erich H
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