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 Mariinsky Theatre. In the mad hassle of St.Petersburg 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.
So, dress code is "no shorts and t-shirts, casual dress is allowed".
Full view and limited view seats
If you buy tickets online, you are guranteed to get full view seats only. If only limited view seats left - we will clearly let you know and provide such seats to you only after you confirm, that you agree to get limited view seats.
When planning your visit to the Mariinsky 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. 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 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 during the performance.
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.
Access for the Disabled
We are delighted to welcome you to our three venues – the Mariinsky Theatre, the Mariinsky II and the Concert Hall. Please note that as far as the architecture of these buildings allows, each is equipped in different ways to cater for visitors with disabilities or limited physical movement.
The new stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Mariinsky II) took first place in the St Petersburg rating of architectural accessibility to theatres for disabled people. It is equipped with a convenient entrance, ramps and lifts among other features.
The Concert Hall also has all necessary features such as an entrance without steps, lifts and specially allocated seats.
Because of certain specific architectural features, the historic building of the Mariinsky Theatre offers several special services for patrons with disabilities or limited physical movement, specifically:
• For any repertoire performance the theatre can admit a certain number of wheelchair users;
• When organising a visit to the Mariinsky Theatre, please call us in advance on +7-812-385-53-68 in order to receive any necessary information.