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|Print version. Published on site Rusnet.NL 26 April 2004
The biggest and most influential theatre in Russia, situated in Moscow.
The institution (the name means "Large") dates back to 1776, when Catherine II licensed a company to give all theatrical performances in Moscow; its scope soon expanded to include opera and dance as well as drama.
The original complex was built in 1825; it was rebuilt after a fire in 1853.
The performing companies have changed over time, but the institution and the rebuilt edifice have survived.
Bolshoi Theatre Official site