Splendid Mikhailovsky Theatre Back Stage Tour by Private Van & Guide
St. Petersburg, Russia
- Backstage tour closed to general public: Feel special as you parade around the historic building where Swan Lake and other notable ballet performances have been performed.
- The Square of Arts: It’s not just the architecture and talent that’s graced the stage that makes this theater so great, but also the historic square it sits on.
About this St. Petersburg tour
A trip around Mikhailovsky Theatre accompanied by a knowledgeable guide will be one to remember. Normally, the vast portion of this grandiose complex is inaccessible to members of the public, but you will be an exception. A whirlwind of history flows through the theater and it was by the decree of Tsar Nicholas I that it was established in 1833.
One of the most celebrated venues for entertainment of all time, Mikhailovsky Theatre welcomes countless people through its doors on an annual basis. There’s always a show happening there, and so the rehearsal rooms are continually filled with talented dancers and singers, preparing to present audiences with noble performances.
Your guide will enlighten you about the prestigious theater’s flawless acoustic conditions, and after inspecting backstage areas including inside the rehearsal room, stories about world-class composers, singers and choreographers who have worked at the theater, like Sergei Prokofiev, Feodor Chaliapin and Fyodor Lopukhov, will unfold. Ever wondered how the ravishing costumes and resplendent staging are made? This is your chance to find out.
Once you’ve been shown around the mammoth stage and informed about the techniques used to ensure the concert hall lives up to its expectations, breathe in some fresh air as you stroll around Arts Square – the city’s most interesting architectural ensemble.
The History of Russian Theater
Pagan shows were the first kind of entertainment presented to audiences inside Russian theaters, with the roots of Russian theater dating back to the 16th century. At this time, dances, songs, tales and fables would have been dramatically enacted onstage. Since a venue at the court of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich was opened in 1672, theaters began springing up all around the country. New styles of theater emerged in the 20th century, with drama and music proving most popular among spectators. If a performance oozed creativity, it was (and still is) considered a success among the people of Russia.
Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.
You must have at least 10 people, but no more than 15 in your party to reserve this tour. Select 1 van at check-out for your private group
Flash photography and video are not permitted in the theater. Tour involves stair climbing; the theater is not equipped with elevators.
Travelers must walk approximately 500 feet over even surfaces, with 50+ steps on a staircase with no handrails to reach the performance hall. There are no elevators or ramps are available at the performance venue.
Cultural, Walking Tour
Van for groups of up to 16 travelers
English, Russian, Spanish, German, Italian, French, Japanese
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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