MOSCOW, November 4. All advertisements for the sale of tickets for the ballet “The Nutcracker” at the Bolshoi Theater have been removed from Avito, the platform’s press service reports.
As previously reported, advertisements appeared on Avito for the sale of tickets and bracelets for places in line at the box office for The Nutcracker, the price ranged from 15 to 50 thousand rubles.
At the same time, the platform immediately blocked advertisements offering places in line and bracelets.
“We have compared the conditions for purchasing tickets through the theater box office and offers on the platform, and we believe that it is the right thing to do. This decision supports our program to improve the security of transactions. We hope that it will help prevent some of the risks and make a purchase for your favorite performance more accessible to viewers,” explained Avito.
Ticket sales to the Bolshoi Theater for the ballet “The Nutcracker” began on the morning of November 4 at the box office. Tickets are sold strictly according to your passport, however, to enter the box office you must first obtain a bracelet with a queue number. Some sellers offered a “comfortable passage to the cash register” without queuing for 15 thousand rubles per person. Another ad offered pre-order tickets to The Nutcracker, but with no guarantee.
Earlier, there were reports in the media about a huge queue near the Bolshoi Theater for bracelets, which will be used to buy tickets to the performance. Due to the increased demand for the performance, the Bolshoi Theater has published a pre-sale program for tickets for performances of the ballet “The Nutcracker” on its official website. According to the sales schedule, for performances on December 23-28, pre-sale of tickets begins at the theater box office from November 4, and on the website from November 5. Ticket sales for productions on December 29-31 will start on November 11 and 12 at the box office and on the website, respectively. Tickets for performances during the January holidays from January 2 to 7 will be available for purchase on November 18 and 19. At the second stage, tickets remaining after pre-sale at the box office will be available for purchase on the website and at the theater box office.