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MOSCOW, November 4. Theatergoers are dissatisfied with the organization of purchasing tickets for the Nutcracker ballet at the Bolshoi Theater, they said in a conversation with .
“Twelve hours (we stood in line – editor's note), from nine in the morning,” one of the buyers said when asked by a reporter how long they waited for the bracelets to buy a ticket.
From the morning at On Saturday there were several queues outside the theater, in the first there were people waiting for bracelets, and in the second there were people who had already stood behind the first line for tickets.
People standing in it noted that the line for bracelets yesterday was chaotic. Previously, according to the buyer, tickets were purchased using lists and notebooks compiled by volunteers. According to her, this was not the case this year.
Eyewitnesses noted that when receiving the bracelets at night, the documents were not checked.
"At one o’clock (at night. – Editor’s note) we left somewhere, it was already there quickly, he just walked by, extended his hand, they pulled on the bracelet without any documents–and “goodbye,” said one of the girls standing in line.
Tickets for the benoir and dress circle are no longer available.
The Bolshoi administration reported that there was no information about excesses due to the start of selling tickets for the ballet “The Nutcracker” at the theater building; the situation was resolved by law enforcement agencies.
"Yesterday, during the day and in the evening, a queue was organized law enforcement agencies were involved. Ticket sales began this morning and are proceeding calmly and as usual. The theater has no information about any excesses,” the press service said.
At the same time, advertisements appeared on Avito for the sale of tickets and bracelets for places in line at the box office for the ballet “The Nutcracker”, their prices vary from 15 to 50 thousand rubles.
Because of the current situation, Senator Alexander Bashkin, in a conversation with, proposed posting posts when selling tickets to the ballet “The Nutcracker” at the Bolshoi Theater box office.
Tickets are sold strictly according to your passport, but to enter the box office you must first obtain a bracelet with a queue number. Sellers offer a “comfortable passage to the cash register” for 15 thousand rubles per person.
At the same time, some advertisements ask for an advance payment of 50 percent. When asked about the guarantee of receiving tickets, the seller from Avito replied that there is none.
According to him, a truly significant, interesting event “attracts, unfortunately, not only worthy people who are sincerely interested in and love art.”
Earlier, the theater box office reported that ticket sales began at ten in the morning. The ticket office noted that people are allowed in with bracelets according to a previously developed algorithm. One person at the box office can buy a ticket for himself or a second adult spectator – a relative. If a person has minor children, he can also buy tickets for them. The purchase of a ticket is carried out using a passport, the box office emphasized. The sales day is after 12 midnight, after which people in line will be able to get them. Only the cashier can inform you about the availability of tickets in person, the box office added.
Previously, the Bolshoi Theater published a special pre-sale program for tickets for performances of the ballet “The Nutcracker” on its official website due to increased demand for the performance. According to the sales schedule for performances on December 23-28, pre-sale of tickets will begin 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.