Moscow entertainment

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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…
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 …
Spectator Sport in Arbat & Khamovniki

Luzhniki Stadium

This giant stadium (home to football club FC Torpedo) is the capital's largest, seating nearly 81,000 people. The stadium is part of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, which was the chief venue for the 1980 Summer Olympi…
Arts Centre in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Stanislavsky Electrotheatre

Renowned performance artist Boris Yukhananov has revived this old theatre as Moscow's hottest venue for experimental performance and visual art. Dance, music, cinema and theatre form a sparkling cocktail of genres a…
Classical Music in Presnya

Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory

The country’s largest music school, named for Tchaikovsky of course, has two venues, both of which host concerts, recitals and competitions. The Great Hall of the Conservatory is home to the Moscow Symphony Orchestr…
Classical Music in Zamoskvorechie

Moscow International House of Music

This graceful, modern glass building has three halls, including Svetlanov Hall, which holds the largest organ in Russia. Needless to say, organ concerts held here are impressive. This is the usual venue for performa…
Classical Music in Presnya

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Established in 1921, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall is the main venue for the country's best orchestras and stellar international acts. It’s a huge auditorium, with seating for 1600 people. Expect to hear the Russian …
Dance in Meshchansky & Basmanny

New Ballet

If you can’t stand to see another Swan Lake, you will be pleased to know that the New Ballet performs innovative contemporary dance. This performance art, called ‘plastic ballet’, incorporates elements of classical …
Opera in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Novaya Opera

This theatre company was founded in 1991 by then-mayor Luzhkov and artistic director Evgeny Kolobov. Maestro Kolobov stated, ‘We do not pretend to be innovators in this beautiful and complicated genre of opera’. As …
Spectator Sport in Presnya

Spartak Stadium (Otkrytie Arena)

Home to professional football club FC Spartak, this bizarre-looking arena – easy to recognise by the Spartak red-and-white on the exterior – was built for the 2018 World Cup (and expected to host the opening game). …