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Mariinsky Theatre

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...

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Alexandrinsky Theatre

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...

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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...

Ballet in Sennaya & Kolomna

Mariinsky II

Mariinsky II

Finally opening its doors in 2013 after more than a decade of construction, legal wrangles, scandal and rumour, the Mariinsky II is a showpiece for St Petersburg's most famous ballet and opera company. It is one...

Classical Music in Sennaya & Kolomna

Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory

This illustrious music school was the first public music school in Russia. The Bolshoy Zal (Big Hall) on the 3rd floor is an excellent place to see performances by up-and-coming musicians throughout the academic...

Cinema in St Petersburg

Roof Cinema

During the summer months attend atmospheric outdoor screenings on the city's rooftops via the Roof Cinema, which hosts shows at Mod Club and the New Stage in the Historic Centre and Hotel Vedensky and Hi-Hat on...

Ballet in Historic Heart

Hermitage Theatre

Designed by Giacomo Quarenghi, this intimate neoclassical auditorium was once the private theatre of the imperial family, and stands on the site of the original Winter Palace of Peter I. Book early if you’d like...

Cinema in Historic Heart

Dom Kino

One of the handful of cinemas in the city where you can see foreign films and some higher-brow Hollywood productions with subtitles, as well as arty Russian movies. It is also where the British Council holds its...

Live Music in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Fish Fabrique

There are St Petersburg institutions and then there’s Fish Fabrique, the museum of local boho life that has been going for over two decades. Here, in the dark underbelly of Pushkinskaya 10, artists, musicians and...

Classical Music in Sennaya & Kolomna

Mariinsky Concert Hall

Opened in 2007, this concert hall is a magnificent multifaceted creation. It manages to preserve the historic brick facade of the set and scenery warehouse that previously stood on this spot, while the modern...

Cinema in Historic Heart

Avrora

Opening in 1913 as the Piccadilly Picture House, this was the city’s most fashionable cinema in the early years of Russian film, and it has retained its position pretty consistently ever since. Today most...

Performing Arts in Historic Heart

New Stage

The New Stage at Alexandrinsky, which opened in 2013, is a strikingly modern building for the historic city center but one that keeps a low profile due to the architect's ingenious use of glass and a secluded...

Theatre in Sennaya & Kolomna

Yusupov Palace Theatre

Housed inside the outrageously ornate Yusupov Palace, this elaborate yet intimate venue was the home entertainment centre for one of the city’s foremost aristocratic families. While you can visit the theatre when...

Live Performance in Petrograd & Vyborg Sides

Hi-Hat

On the rooftop of an art cluster near the Botanical Gardens, Hi-Hat hosts nights of live music, DJs and open-air film screenings. The creative line-up and open-air setting draws out style mavens and a...

Theatre in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Maly Drama Theatre

Also called the Theatre of Europe, the Maly is St Petersburg’s most internationally celebrated theatre. Its director Lev Dodin is famed for his long version of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Devils, as well as Anton...

Jazz in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Jazz Philharmonic Hall

Founded by legendary jazz violinist and composer David Goloshchokin, this venue represents the more traditional side of jazz. Two resident bands perform straight jazz and Dixieland in the big hall, which seats up...

Classical Music in Historic Heart

Shostakovich Philharmonia

Under the artistic direction of world-famous conductor Yury Temirkanov, the Philharmonia represents the finest in orchestral music. The Bolshoy Zal is the venue for a full program of symphonic performances, while...

Club in Petrograd & Vyborg Sides

Kamchatka

A shrine to Viktor Tsoy, the late Soviet-era rocker who worked as caretaker of this former boilerhouse bunker with band mates from Kino. Music lovers flock here to light candles and watch a new generation thrash...

Opera in Sennaya & Kolomna

St Petersburg Opera

Housed in the sumptuous (and dare we say, rather bizarre) former home of Baron von Derviz, the St Petersburg Opera performs regular operas in its intimate and grandly lavish former ballroom. With just 187 seats,...

Cinema in Sennaya & Kolomna

Lendok

Occupying a grand former mansion, this cinema and working film studio specialises mainly in documentary films, including international ones, although they do also screen feature films.