Mayakovsky Theatre (Russian: Академический театр имени Владимира Маяковского) is one of Moscow’s oldest and best-known theatres. Its well-established traditions, legendary productions, eminent directors and celebrated artists have long been part of the Russian cultural heritage. Among those who have performed in the Mayakovsky Theatre are Faina Ranevskaya, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan, Maria Babanova, Aleksandr Lazarev Snr, Maksim Shtraukh, Lidia Sukharevskaya and Olga Yakovleva. The theatre’s considerable creative potential brings together values of the past and the latest trends in world art, which are echoed in its productions.

The Mayakovsky Theatre has two locations. The magnificent main building with its 1,148-seat auditorium, which witnessed the emergence of this exceptionally creative team, is situated on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, and the affiliated Sretenka venue, opened in 2014, is located at 21, Pushkaryovsky Lane.

History of the Theatre

The theatre’s main building was built in 1886 by K. V. Tersky and F. O. Shekhtel as a venue for European artists visiting Moscow on tour. It was then known as the Paradise building. In the years following the Russian Revolution of 1917, the nationalized theatre was renamed TeRevSat, the abbreviation for ‘Theatre of Revolutionary Satire’ (Russian: ТеРевСат), and in 1922, Vsevolod Meyerhold reorganized and renamed it the ‘Revolution Theatre’ (Russian: Театр революции).

The initial repertoire of the Revolution Theatre consisted of foreign plays, and Russian classical and modern dramatic compositions were subsequently added to it. After Meyerhold, many talented directors contributed their own creative ideas to the development of the theatre’s team and discovered new talented artists.

The theatre obtained its current name in 1954. With A. Goncharov at the helm since 1967, it staged dazzling performances starring such accomplished actors as E. Leonov, A. Dzhigarkhanyan, V. Samoylov, T. Doronina, N. Gundareva, A. Romashin, T. Vasilyeva, A. Boltnev, I. Rozanova and N. Ruslanova.

Theatre today

The winner of many prestigious Russian theatrical awards, Mindaugas Karbauskis, has been the director of the Mayakovsky Theatre since 2011. The theatre’s current repertoire is more varied than ever before and comprises classical and modern productions for all kinds of audiences, including youth and children aged 3 and above. Today, the theatre’s troupe includes actors known by all Russian people: Svetlana Nemolyaeva, Igor Kostolevsky, Mikhail Filippov, Yevgeniya Simonova and many others.

The old building at 19/13, Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street is a fine example of a fully-equipped theatre, featuring a spacious cloakroom and a lavishly decorated 1,148-seat main auditorium with an amphitheatre and lounges. Visitors will enjoy its stylish interior, buffets, foyer and corridors with photographs of celebrated actors hanging on the walls, all of which add to the theatre’s romantic appeal. The small transforming auditorium seats up to 120. In the Sretenka building, both the stage and the 230-seat auditorium are transformable. Its three stages enable the theatre performers, including both experienced and fledgling artists, to stage all kinds of dramatic works and modern productions.

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  • Vess

    Advise what to see in order to be able to understand. I don’t know Russian very well.

  • Wairimu Kirumu

    Saw a play “Uncle’s Dream” by Dostoevsky. Great game. I was invited and I was afraid that I would not understand anything. Although, I read the play. But very talented actors. And without words everything is clear, the characters are understood. Great.

  • wilburforce

    If you don’t know Russian, it’s better to go see something musical. For example operetta moscow or here: . Can understand without words. Operas are usually in italian anyways. It’s great.


Within Garden Ring

Nearest Metro Station

Arbat, Alexander Garden, Sukharevskaya


Main Stage:
Moscow, Bolshaya Nikitskaya st., Building 19/13
The scene in Sretenka:
Pushkaryov Pereulok 21


Museum Opening Hours / Ticket Office Opening Hours

The ticket office of the theater is open daily from 10.00 to 19.00.

Ticket Price

From 350 to 2500 rubles.

Visiting Rules


Additional Information

Possibility to buy tickets online


Eleonora Duse
Faina Ranevskaya
Tatyana Doronina and Pavel Luspekayev
Russian Novel, a theatrical performance
The Fruits of Englightenment, a theatrical performance
Maestro, a theatrical performance
The Caucasian Cretaceous Circle, a theatrical performance
Uncle's Dream, a theatrical performance
Without a Dowry, a theatrical performance
Sarah Bernhardt
Mayakovsky Theatre. Small stage
Mayakovsky Theatre. Box office
Mayakovsky Theatre. Interior
Igor Kostolevsky with fellow actors on stage
Mayakovsky Theatre. Auditorium
Yevgeniya Simonova
Yevgeny Leonov
Vsevolod Meyerkhold
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan
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