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Go Local - Behind the Scenes of Mariinsky Theatre

St. Petersburg, Russia

Go Local - Behind the Scenes of Mariinsky Theatre


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Follow the curator of the legendary Mariinsky Theatre on a private behind-the-scenes tour and then linger over a cup of tea with a ballerina as she shares stories of her life as a dancer. The neoclassical theatre can trace its history back to 1783. It is masterfully designed and surprisingly large, as it has been renovated repeatedly and added onto over the centuries. The curator will lead you into areas that are typically off limits to the general public. Depending on the day, your insider’s tour could reveal the inner workings of the stage, the grandeur of the royal box and the costume storage rooms. You may also hear intriguing details about the lives of the most famous dancers and singers that have performed there. Afterwards, you will meet a ballerina in a nearby restaurant. She will openly share her personal life story, and you are welcome to ask questions about her experiences on and off the stage.

• Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Mariinsky Theatre with the curator.
• Learn the inner workings of the theatre and details about the lives of its famous dancers.
• Meet a ballerina for a cup of tea and to hear about her experiences on and off the stage.

Need to Know:

This tour includes about two hours of walking and standing. There aren’t elevators at the Mariinsky theatre. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns, who should evaluate their ability and stamina before joining the tour.

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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