12 Cheap Theaters in Moscow
including the Chekhov Art, Satiricon, Lenkom, and Sovremenik Theaters
This information originally appeared in Russian on minimum-price.ru
Translation provided by Michael Smeltzer
Which Moscow theaters offer the lowest prices?
Most people send their spare time on the couch in front of the television or at a movie theater, believing that it’s too difficult to organize a trip to Moscow’s theaters, or that you’ll have to spend a considerable amount for tickets. This is not true! The theater season has begun, theaters’ repertoires are updated, and tickets to performances are already up for sale. All that’s left to do is check out the playbills and buy a ticket!
The Moscow theaters in this study were selected based on popularity and attendance; nearly all of them are located in the city’s center, and no more than 10 minutes from a metro station: Chekhov Art Theater, Satiricon Theater, Lenkom Theater, Sovremenik Theater, Pushkin Theater, Tabakerka Theater, Praktika Theater, Russian Youth Academic Theater, Formenko Studio, Theater Et Cetera, Evgeny Vakhtangov Theater.
The comparison was based on the average ticket price for three types of seats at a performance: 1) the price of the very cheapest ticket to a performance (not taking folding seats into account), 2) a seat in the middle of the first row of the first balcony, 3) a seat in the middle of the fifth row on the ground floor. Since it was necessary for us to identify the best budget option for a trip to the theater, we ordered the theaters in this article based on the cheapest ticket to a performance.
1. Gogol Theater
Gogol Theater is one of the best drama theaters in Moscow. It is located in the city center, not far from Kurskaya metro stop. Classic as well as contemporary productions make up the repertoire. You can purchase tickets to the theater at low prices. The cheapest ticket costs 100 rubles, for example, to the performance “One Day in California,” and this isn’t even for a folding chair seat. A seat in the first few rows of the amphitheater costs 300 rubles, such as to the performance “Ugly Elsa.” A seat in the second row on the floor costs 600 rubles, as for the performance “And They Awoke In the Morning…”
– metro stop Kurskaya, 8a Kazakova Street, Tel: (499) 261-5528, Hours of Operation: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2. Vakhtangov Theater
Average ticket prices to the Evgeny Vakhtangov Theater by category are: 1) 150 rubles, 2) 800 rubles, 3) 2,300 rubles.
It is the outright winner in the price category! Only at this theater can you see a good performance with talented actors for the price of one lunch at McDonald’s!
Performances with Vasily Lanovoy and Vladimir Etush are very popular. There are many that want to see a live performance by the legends of Soviet cinematography. Considering the actors’ advanced age, I recommend a visit to see “Uncle’s Dream” and “Frederick, or the Boulevard of Crimes” at the Vakhtangov Theater!
– metro stop Smolenskaya, 26 Arbat Steet, Tel: (499) 241-1679, Hours of Operation: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm daily
3. Russian Youth Academic Theater
Average ticket prices to the Russian Youth Academy Theater by category are: 1) 250 rubles, 2) 1,200 rubles, 3) 2,000 rubles.
Despite the lack of a troupe of recognized stars, the theater is constantly surprising the public with quality productions, which have recently become classics. The most spectacular new production is the show “Boodenbrooks,” which will be performed this year at the Golden Mask festival in the category of Drama/Large Form Play.
-metro stop Teatralnaya, 2 Teatralnaya Square, Tel: (495) 692-0069, 692-1879,
Hours of Operation: 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily, with a break from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
4. Pushkin Drama Theater of Moscow
Average ticket prices to the Pushkin Drama Theater of Moscow by category are: 1) 300 rubles, 2) 1,300 rubles, 3) 2,600 rubles.
The very worst view of the stage is from the box seats in the first and second balconies.
A branch of the theater was given to the young actors and directors of the Pushkin Theater. In my opinion, the brightest show was “The Robbers,” which was directed by Vasily Barkhatov, a former director at the Mariinsky Theater. The funniest production is “Testosterone,” but you must be 18 or older to see it.
– metro stop Tverskaya, 23 Tverskaya Boulevard, Tel: (495) 694-1289, Hours of Operation: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm daily, with a break from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
5. Chekhov Art Theater
Average ticket prices to the Chekhov Art Theater by category are: 1) 400 rubles, 2) 1,500 rubles, 3) 3,400 rubles.
Advance sale of tickets for the following month begins on the first Saturday of the current month. Tickets to a show which Konstantin Khabensky and Evgeny Mironov are in sell out in the first few hours. There is a problem with ticket scalpers.
On the new stage (5 rows in all) at the Chekhov Art Theater, a large collection of very tender, touching shows are performed, under the direction of Marina Bursnikinaya. The most memorable of the theater’s productions is “The Flying Goose,” which received a Russian state prize. The actors lead evening Reading Circles, where they read modern prose and poetry.
– metro stop Teatralnaya, 3 Kamergersky Lane, Tel: (495) 646-3646, 692-6748, Hours of Operation: 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm daily
6. Theater Et Cetera
Average ticket prices to Theater Et Cetera by category are: 1) 400 rubles, 2) 600 rubles, 3) 1,900 rubles.
This is one of the most advanced theaters in terms of infrastructure and quality of service. What especially won me over was the unbelievably friendly staff, the convenient box office hours, and, of course, the presence of a day care room! Parents can enjoy a show in peace, as their kids will be in good hands!
– metro stop Sretensky Boulevard, 2 Frolov Lane, Tel: (495) 781-7811, 625-2161, Hours of Operation: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm daily
7. Pyoter Fermenko Studio Theater
Average ticket prices to the Pyoter Fermenko Studio Theater by category are: 1) 400 rubles, 2) 1,100 rubles, 3) 3,700 rubles.
The theater had several record breaking months despite the fact that the theater’s hall is quite small. Moreover, there are many that want to see the shows, the most popular being “Redhead,” “Triptych,” “The Most Important,” “One Absolutely Happy Village,” and “The Poisoned Tunic.” Waiting list openings are announced in good time on their site.
The biggest drawback of this theater is its location. On weekdays after work, not everyone will be able to make it to the beginning of a show, and after the third bell, entrance into the hall is strictly forbidden.
– New building, metro stop Kutuzovskaya, 29 Naberezhnaya Tarasa Shevchenko, Tel: (499) 249-1921, (499) 249-1740, Hours of Operation: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm daily
– Old building, metro stop Kutuzovskaya, 30/32 Kutuzovsky Prospect
8. Sovremenik Theater
Average ticket prices to the Sovremenik by category are: 1) 450 rubles, 2) 1,600 rubles, 3) 3,100 rubles.
There is a good view of the stage from any seat, including folding seats.
Despite the weakening of the troupe, which is related to Elena Yakovleva’s departure from the theater, the plays with her involvement weren’t removed from the repertoire, and continue to be shown with new compositions of actors. The theater’s latest high-profile premieres included the shows “Happy…” with Leonid Yarmolnik and Sergei Garmash, and “Enemies: A Story of Love,” which was nominated for six categories at the Golden Mask theater awards.
– additional ticket booth, metro stop Revolution Square, 3 Revolution Square, on the second line of GUM, entrance from Nikolskaya Street, Tel: (495) 620-3236, Hours of Operation: 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm daily
– metro stop Chistye Prudy, 19 Chistoprudny Boulevard, Tel: (495) 628-7749, 621-6473, Hours of Operation: 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm daily, with a break from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
9. Oleg Tabakov Moscow Theater
Average ticket prices to Tabakerka by category are: 1) 550 rubles, 2) 1,700 rubles, 3) 2,700 rubles.
The theater’s tiny building, its staff, and, of course, the Tabakov Theater’s actors, create an unbelievable atmosphere of soulfulness and warmth. A visit to Tabakerka leaves only positive emotions! I recommend that you see the productions of “The Older Son,” “Biloxi Blues,” “Uncle Vanya,” and “The Marriage.”
– additional box office, metro stop Krasnye Vorota (old exit), Tel: (495) 607-6104, Hours of Operation: 11:00 am to 7:30 pm daily
– metro stop Chistye Prudy, 1a Chapligina Street, Tel: (495) 628-9685, 628-7792, 624-4647, Hours of Operation: 11:00 am to 7:30 pm daily
10. Lenkom Theater
Average ticket prices to the Lenkom by category are: 1) 600 rubles, 2) 2,300 rubles, 3) 2,800 rubles.
The worst view of the stage at the Lenkom Theater is from the far seats. There is a problem with ticket scalpers. But these are simply unpleasant trifles after seeing the tremendous productions and great acting.
– metro stop Chekhovskaya, 6 Malaya Dmitrovka Street, Tel: (495) 699-0708, (985) 334-7440, Hours of Operation: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily, with a break from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
11. Satiricon Theater
Average ticket prices to the Satiricon by category are: 1) 650 rubles, 2) not available, as the hall only has one floor, 3) 3,500 rubles.
The production of “The Seagull,” directed by Yuri Butusov, was the most spectacular event of the previous theater season. Chekhov lovers can compare this production with the version of “The Seagull” directed by Konstantin Bogomolov at the Tabakerka, which was also performed last season.
– metro stop Marina Rosha, 8 Sheremetevskaya Street, Tel: (495) 689-7844, 602-6583, 689-7885,
Hours of Operation: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm daily, with a break from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
12. Praktika Theater
Average ticket prices to the theater by category are: 1) 700 rubles, 2) not available, as the hall has only one floor, 3) 1,000
The actors and works aren’t very well-known, and they don’t perform the classics. This theater is for those who are tired of theaters’ classical repertoires.
– metro stop Mayakovskaya, 30 Bolshoi Kozikhinsky Lane