Natalya Sats Children’s Musical Theatre

Natalya Sats Children’s Musical Theatre


  • The Theatre’s repertoire includes musical performances, operettas, operas and ballets adapted for kids of different ages.
  • Even the youngest spectators have no difficulty understanding plots as performances are lively, visually attractive and entertaining.
  • Flamboyant, impressive stage sets and costumes, highly professional musicians, singers and dancers as well as the interior creating a fairy tale effect is what the Theatre is all about.
  • A monument to Natalya Sats, the Theatre’s founder, stands in front of the building, and the Theatre itself houses a memorial exhibition devoted to her.

The Natalya Sats Moscow State Academic Children’s Musical TheatreRussian: Moskovskiy gosudarstvennyi akademicheskiy detskiy muzyikalnyi teatr imeni N.I. Sats or Московский государственный академический детский музыкальный театр имени Н.И. Сац is one of the best Moscow sights. For over sixty years, it has been cultivating a love of the arts among children and introducing them to the world of classical music, opera and ballet. The theatre has performances catering to a wide age-range of children, including toddlers, schoolchildren and even teenagers. It brings to the stage the best of Russian and foreign literary works, including Cinderella, The Life and Incredible Adventures of Oliver Twist, Lord of the Flies, Carmen and Swan Lake.

Performing for children is a challenging task requiring a special approach and talent, since children are very demanding spectators who can discern falseness very easily. The musical theatre accomplishes this task perfectly, and many of its performances and actors are honored with prestigious awards. The care taken in adapting literary works for children in a way appropriate to their age without distorting the content of the stories told on stage is a distinctive feature of the theatre’s productions. Even the youngest children will not have any trouble understanding what is happening on the stage; each performance is a bright, catchy show featuring impressive sets and costumes illustrative of the characters’ personality. The interpretation of musical pieces by the orchestra and singers is always of a high standard.

2097_image2_sThe theatre takes great pride in offering a wide range of theatrical genres including musicals, (Cinderella, Twelve Months, The adventures of Ludwig and Tutta), musical comedies and operas (TeremokRussian: теремок, means "little hideaway", Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Magic Flute, Carmen, The Nightingale, Lord of the Flies) and ballets (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Princess and the Pea). Some productions are intended for pre-school children while others will be of more interest to teenagers. The theatre has its own orchestra and ballet company.

The theatre is located on Vernadsky AvenueRussian: prospekt Vernadskogo or проспект Вернадского, not far from the Moscow State CircusRussian: Bolshoy Tsirk or Большой Цирк. The interesting thing about this theatre is that it was originally designed as a venue for children. It features a 300-seat auditorium and an 1100-seat one. Both are very comfortable, and spectators can see and hear everything that is happening on the stage, no matter where they are seated. There are three stages in the big auditorium: the main one and two side ones. The theatre has very limited seating, so it’s important to make sure you buy your tickets well in advance.

Leisure with children in Moscow – it is not only visiting the Moscow circus, or walking in the amusement parks. There are beautiful puppet theaters, water attractions, cognitive museums and masterclasses in Moscow. You can learn more about them on our website.

2043_image3_sThe theatre was named after Natalys Ilynichna Sats, a Soviet theatre director and the world’s first female opera director. She had a hard life, having gone through painful experiences when she spent five years in the Gulag, a kind of labour camp. She created Russia’s first theatre just for children, with divisions in six cities throughout the Soviet Union. Natalya Sats believed that children could and should get familiar with complicated and “adult” art forms such as opera and ballet. She is a clear example of how much one person can do for the development of culture in his or her country. Today, a monument to Natalya Sats stands in front of the theatre; she is depicted with two children beside her, one dressed as the Little Red Riding Hood and one dressed as the Wolf. An exhibition dedicated to the memory of Natalya Sats is on display in the theatre’s lobby.

The theatre, crowned with a huge sculpture of the Blue Bird, offers a special atmosphere of fairytales and wonder which children love. The walls inside are decorated with bright fretwork, along with treble clef-shaped door handles and images of popular characters embellishing the theatre.

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Between Third Ring Road and Moscow Ring Road

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5 Vernadskogo Avenue, Moscow


Museum Opening Hours / Ticket Office Opening Hours

Box office works every day from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If there are morning performances, the box office works from 11 p.m.
Breaks: 2.30 p.m. - 3 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Days off


Ticket Price

Depends on the performance.

Visiting Rules


Additional Information

There is an opportunity to buy tickets online.


Natalya Sats
Natalya Sats Musical Theatre. Opera 'Bluebird'
Natalya Sats Musical Theatre. Architect: A. A. Velikanov
Natalya Sats Musical Theatre. Big auditorium

Featured reviews

Visitor rating:   4.5

December 2016
It's essentially a unique children's theatre. It's well located between the Palace of Pioneers and the Circus. Most productions are interesting both for adults and children, although there are performances, most often opera ones, which obviously require renewal.

December 2016
The impression is dual, I can not say that we received the expected pleasure. The production including dances, costumes and stage is very interesting! But this is a 2-hour two-act ballet. We were with children 6,5 and 8 years old, for the younger it was hard to sit still so much. And for 8-year-old everything was clear and interesting, although after the end he said that it was very long. So, the marking 6+ of the play should be changed. At the same time, there are a lot of young children in the auditorium, they really hinder the others from watching. There is one more detail: the cultural ambiance is spoiled by commerce – souvenirs are from 200 rubles, face painting costs 1500 rubles, ice cream costs 200 rubles for a scoop, etc.

October 2016
The child was taken to the musical performance "Thumbelina" on New Year's holidays. Along with the kid we liked the performance very much. The acting is of high quality, the costumes are flashy, the scenery is colorful, the music is good, the acoustics and the light are magnificent. The prices for tickets are acceptable. I recommend visiting it.

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