Russia entertainment

Top Choice Ballet in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Bolshoi Theatre

An evening at the Bolshoi is still one of Moscow’s most romantic and entertaining options for a night on the town. The glittering six-tier auditorium has an electric atmosphere, evoking over 240 years of premier mus…
Top Choice Ballet in Sennaya & Kolomna

Mariinsky Theatre

St Petersburg's most spectacular venue for ballet and opera, the Mariinsky Theatre is an attraction in its own right. Tickets can be bought online or in person; book in advance during the summer months. The magnific…
Top Choice Live Music in Novosibirsk

Brodyachaya Sobaka

Weekends usually see live music performing at this grungy cabaret bar, while weekdays bring all manner of performing arts and other events ranging from clowns to quiz nights. Check the website for the schedule.
Top Choice Live Music in Kaliningrad

Club Vagonka

Housed in a former German church about 3km from the city centre, Vagonka is one of the city's oldest and most popular venues for live rock, dance parties and general carousing. Performances take place in one of two …
Top Choice Theatre in Novosibirsk

Opera & Ballet Theatre

For classical culture don’t miss an evening at this gigantic silver-domed theatre. Built in 1945, it's the largest theatre in Russia – bigger even than Moscow’s Bolshoi. The grand interior alone makes performances h…
Top Choice Puppet Theatre in Tomsk

Human Puppets Theatre 2+ku

Housed in a quaint log cabin near the WWII memorial (take ul Savinykh all the way down until you can go no further), this one-man, homey ‘robotic puppet’ theatre is a real experience, and one you don’t need to under…
Top Choice Jazz in Ufa

Ufa Jazz Club

It's worth venturing out of the centre of town for a night of soulful music, and Ufa Jazz Club delivers. Live-music performances include local jazz bands as well as international bands and artists.
Top Choice Theatre in Historic Heart

Alexandrinsky Theatre

This magnificent venue is just one part of an immaculate architectural ensemble designed by Carlo Rossi. The theatre’s interior oozes 19th-century elegance and style, and it’s worth taking a peek even if you don’t s…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Historic Heart

Mikhailovsky Theatre

This illustrious stage delivers the Russian ballet or operatic experience, complete with multitiered theatre, frescoed ceiling and elaborate productions. Pl Iskusstv (Arts Sq) is a lovely setting for this respected …
Theatre in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Gogol Center

One of the most talked-about theatres in Moscow is under constant political pressure due to the nonconformist position of its director Kirill Serebrennikov, who was under arrest at the time of writing. Gogol Center …