Theatres and Concert Halls

Theatre and live music hold a special place in the hearts of Petersburgers, and the city is justifiably proud of its rich theatrical traditions - its world famous school of ballet, its ground-breaking innovations in drama, and the magnificent 19th century buildings that house its most famous theatres.

Built for the Imperial Directorate of Theatres, the neoclassical buildings of the Mariinsky and Alexandrisnky Theatres in particular became the prototypes for theatres in cities throughout Russia. Then, in the Soviet Union, theatres, concert halls, and Houses of Culture were often at the forefront of architectural development, and in St. Petersburg they include some of the city's finest examples of constructivism and late Soviet architecture.