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Bolshoi repairs damage the theater’s little brother

by at 19/11/2012 17:16


The grandiose reconstruction of the Bolshoi Theater has negatively effected its neighbor, the Maly Theater, causing the building to sink faster into the earth, according to the drama house’s director.

Both theaters, built on the city’s Teatralnaya Ploshchad, had the same problem connected with ground waters flowing through the area, but the destruction has never been as fast as now, Tamara Mikhailova, the Maly Theater head, told Moskovsky Komsomolets last week.

“The issue has been going on for many years, but [now] the hydrogeology has changed,” she said linking the changes to reinforcement works in the Bolshoi’s basement. “It came out, that they went 40 meters deeper, and we are on the bank of the [subterranean] Neglinka River”.

Show must go on

Currently, the theater is surrounded by a fence as a long-awaited reconstruction has finally started.
But the repair works will not affect the Maly’s program for now, Mikhailova said, thanks to jet piles which can be used to fix the basement without much disruption.

“We will close only while a slab is installed directly under the theater,” she told MK.

Last time the theater underwent a serious reconstruction was back in 1949 during which it lost its original historical appearance. 


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