MOSCOW, November 11-. The excitement associated with the sale of tickets to the ballet “The Nutcracker” is similar to the return of the center of Moscow to the 90s, said Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy Anton Gorelkin.
“I’m monitoring the situation with the sale of tickets to The Nutcracker. I can’t help but feel that once a year the nineties return to the very center of Moscow: gigantic queues, crushes, resellers…” wrote Gorelkin in his Telegram channel.
He noted that the management of the Bolshoi Theater cannot solve the problem of hype, although the level of digitalization is at a high level.
“”A couple of years ago, the Bolshoi Theater released a material in which it talked about the successes of digital transformation. But in practice, we see a website overloaded with requests, which just cannot cope with the hype. Therefore, the theater has only two options: or start a serious work in the IT area, or ask the Ministry of Digital Development to organize the sale of tickets through State Services,” the parliamentarian concluded.
On November 11, ticket sales for the ballet “The Nutcracker” began at the Bolshoi Theater box office from December 29 to 31.
Earlier, the Bolshoi Theater published a special program for pre-sale of tickets for performances of the ballet “The Nutcracker” on its official website due to the 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.
On the day sales began, there were several queues at the theater, in the first there were people standing for wristbands for places in line, and in the second there were people who had already stood in the first line for tickets. People standing in it noted that the line for bracelets was chaotic.
Later, advertisements appeared on Avito for the sale of tickets and bracelets for places in line, the price ranged from 15 to 50 thousand rubles, the service blocked these advertisements. Another ad offered pre-order tickets to The Nutcracker. A certain agency promised tickets with prepayment of 50% of the final cost.