Mariinsky Theatre (Мариинский театр)

The Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg is one of the leading theatres of the opera and ballet in Russia.

Mariinsky theatre

In 1783 the Large Stone Theatre was opened on the Carousel Square (now Theatre Square). The company ran under the Directorate of Imperial Theaters, in the repertoire were the European musical masterpieces.

After a time the opera performances were moved into the Alexandrinsky Theatre and the Theatre-Circus, the last was destroyed in the middle of the XIX century. In 1860 instead of the Theatre-Circus the new theatre building appeared which acquired the name Mariinsky Theatre in honor of the Maria Alexandrovna, the wife of Emperor Alexander II. The Large Stone Theatre was reconstructed and became the music conservatory.

The Mariinsky Theatre became the main musical scene since the XIX century.  In 1847 the man of distinction in ballet Marius Petipa began to work in the Mariinsky Theatre as the soloist, and since 1869 as the Director of the Ballet Company. Scores of the ballet performances in the Mariinsky Theatre and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow belonged to the choreography of M. Petipa, part of them in association with other musicians and choreographers.

The most significant premieres were presented here – there were the operas of P.I. Tchaikovsky, N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov, A.P. Borodin, and M.P. Mussorgsky. The most known artists appeared on the stage – Feodor Chaliapin, Anna Pavlova, Galina Ulanova, Rudolf Nureyev, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

New Mariinsky Theatre (theatre of opera and ballet)

In 2007 it was opened the Concert Hall of Mariinsky Theatre for programs of Russian and foreign musician, musical groups and orchestras. In the lobby of Concert Hall, there are provided the art exhibitions.

In 2013 the new building Mariinsky-2 was opened in addition to the historical stage. It is one of the best-equipped concert and theatre space in the world. In warm season guests can visit an outdoor terrace on the rooftop of the theatre, giving a beautiful view on the historical area of Saint Petersburg.

Open hours and price

Playbill at the Mariinsky Theatre official website

Ticket price

Mariinsky Theatre from 250 to 12000 rubles

Mariinsky-2 from 400 to 8000 rubles

Concert Hall from 400 to 3800 rubles

Chamber Venues from 200 to 800 rubles

How to get to the Mariinsky Theatre

Mariinsky Theatre

Saint Petersburg, Theatralnaya Ploshchad, 1

In the Russian language – Санкт-Петербург, Театральная площадь, 1

Metro station:

  • “Sadovaya” (“Садовая”) – line 5 (violet line) – 1.4 km walking.


Saint Petersburg, Decabristov Ulitsa, 34

In the Russian language – Санкт-Петербург, улица Декабристов, 34

Metro station:

  • “Sadovaya” (“Садовая”) – line 5 (violet line) – 1.6 km walking.

Concert Hall

Saint Petersburg, Pisareva Ulitsa, 20 (entrance from the Decabristov Ulitsa, 37)

In the Russian language – Санкт-Петербург, улица Писарева, 20 (вход со стороны улицы Декабристов, 37)

Metro station:

  • “Sadovaya” (“Садовая”) – line 5 (violet line) – 1.5 km walking.


Mariinsky Theatre website in the Russian and English languages

We recommend visiting nearby

State Museum St Isaac’s Cathedral – 1.4 km walking


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