Ballet performances at Anichkov Palace theatre (Karnaval Hall)

About the theatre

In the summer season 2020 Russian ballet company presents classical ballet performances at Anichkov Palace theatre in the very centre of St.Petersburg on Nevsky prospect.

Anichkov Palace is considered to be one of the most outstanding examples of palace architecture of 18th to 19th centuries in St Petersburg. The palace was called "Anichkov" after Mikhail Anichkov, the commander of а battalion of engineers who in the reign of Peter the Great built Anichkov Bridge over the River Fontanka. Later, the same name was given to the nearby palace, construction of which, under the orders of Peter's daughter Empress Elizabeth I, commenced in 1741 and finished in 1751.

During the first half century of its existence, Anichkov Palace belonged to the closest favourites of Elizabeth I and Catherine II, Aleksey Razumovsky and His Highness Prince Grigory Potemkin. For the century that followed it was оnе of the residences of the imperial family - their home and venue for lavish official receptions and splendid balls and masquerades. The palace was owned by the Grand Duchess Yekaterina Pavlovna (daughter of Emperor Paul I), Nicholas I, Alexander II and Alexander III. The last Russian emperor Nicholas II, spent his childhood at Anichkov Manor.

Now in the complex of buildings of Anichkov Palace there is a Theatre and concert hall "Karnaval". It is a nice, cozy and comfortable hall where the ballet performances took place.


Swan Lake ballet at Anichkov Palace

Swan Lake is one of the most famous ballet performances in the world, it is a symbol of classical Russian ballet, it is an absolute "must see" in St.Petersburg. The performance's original scenario was based on fairy tales about princess Odette, turned into a swan by evil curse and resqued by prince Siegfried's love.
World premiere of Swan Lake took place at Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on 20 February 1877. And all this time till our days this ballet remains one of the most popular classical performances all over the world. Today we present Swan Lake ballet on the stages of the most beautiful theatres in St.Petersburg.
The ballet is accompanied by symphonic orchestra with the great music of Russian famous composer Petr Tchaikovsky.
Duration of the performance - 2 h. 20 min.


Anichkov Palace, Theatre Hall "Karnaval": St.Petersburg, Nevsky prospect, 39
Metro stations - Gostiny dvor - Nevsky prospect
Entrance is from Nevsky prospect, the entrance of the hall is from the yard