St. Petersburg is considered the cultural capital of Russia, and rightfully so. There are more than 100 theaters in the city. Marius Petipa, a Frenchman, staged his famous ballets, which still make up the repertoires of Russian ballet companies, in St. Petersburg. The theater remains a centerpiece of St. Petersburg’s cultural tradition and is represented by many theater companies, including the Mariinksy and Mikhailovsky Theaters. Non-classic productions are also represented in St. Petersburg theaters like the Boris Eifman Ballet.
It was on the stage of the Alexandrinksy Theater that the world was treated to the productions of Gogol’s The Inspector and Chekhov’s The Seagull for the first time. Concerts take place on many stages throughout the city, including the Shostakovich Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
The options are endless, and every theater season in St. Petersburg is full of interesting events and exquisite premieres. An important note for our travelers: if the theater is a major interest, please keep in mind most theaters are closed in August when the troupes are on vacation or tour. Many concerts are still staged throughout the month, however, and visiting troupes may stage productions as guests of various St. Petersburg theaters.
Many of our travelers take great interest in opera, ballet, folk performances and classical concerts, and, as such, we have written a detailed guide for their benefit.
Below are some of St. Petersburg’s best theaters.