Dress Code

In all ages a visit to the theatre was a festive occasion. Women donned their best evening attire and for their menfolk black tie was de rigueur. In our day, no one demands a strict dress code of visitors to the Bolshoi Theatre. In the mad hassle of Moscow life, a visit to the theatre comes, more often than not, at the end of the working day which rules out changing for the theatre. And, therefore, you will get away with a quite democratic dress form. You should not, however, take things to extremes: a man in shorts will not be allowed into the auditorium and women, in our view should keep to a decent dress style, bearing in mind that they may well be sitting next to people in full evening dress.

Theatre rules


When planning your visit to the Bolshoi Theatre you may rest assured we take your security very seriously. The closed circuit video cameras in and around the Theatre, the presence of security staff in the Theatre’s public spaces, the metal-detector search procedure at the Theatre entrances obligatory for all members of public and Theatre staff alike – are just the visible part of special measures guaranteeing your safety.

Your contribution to House security

Do not take any objects with you into the Theatre which may cause harm to, or inconvenience in any way, your fellow members of the audience. Remember that the reconstruction of the Historic Stage lasted six years and thousands of people devoted to it their talents, labor and patience. If you are carrying on your person any sharp instruments, knives etc., you will not be admitted to any of the Theatre’s public spaces.

The Theatre and your children

We are happy to welcome children who reached six years old and above at our performances. Theatre advises to pay attention to age restrictions upon ticket purchase (information is indicated on the posters and tickets), which are in accordance with the requirements of Federal Law dated 29 December 2010 N 436-FZ “On Protecting Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development”.

Coats and hats!

Your outdoor clothing and any bulky parcels must be left in the cloakrooms. At the New Stage there is just one cloakroom in the entrance vestibule on the ground-floor. At the Historic Stage there are five cloakrooms. One serves members of the audience from the stalls, amphitheatre, the lower boxes, dress circle and first circle (is located in the new lobby on the first underground floor). The second, third and fourth circles have their own cloakrooms. The underground concert hall too has its own cloakroom.

The rule of the third bell

No admittance to auditorium after curtain up. Having heard the third bell, you are to hurry to take your seat.

Taking pictures and filming

Photography and the use of videos and tape recorders are forbidden in all parts of the theatre.

Bunch of flowers

Flowers are not allowed in the auditorium. You can ask one of the box keepers on the ground floor to pass your bunch of flowers to any actor you like.

To return your ticket

The Management reserves the right to change the performance. In this case, tickets may be returned to theatre box offices before curtain up.

Access for the Disabled

The Bolshoi Theatre Historic Stage has been equipped with facilities for the disabled so that they can enjoy performances with maximum comfort. Lifts and ramps make it possible for them to reach any level of the Theatre building and ensure them easy access to the auditorium. There are specially equipped toilets for the disabled on all levels of the building.