The new Mariinsky theatre
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Controversial new Mariinsky theatre to open in St Petersburg

A sister venue to the Mariinsky Theatre - one of Russia's best known theatres - is due to have its grand opening on Thursday in St Petersburg.

But some critics say the Mariinsky II is bland and too closely resembles a shopping centre when compared to its 19th Century counterpart.

BBC Russian's Alexander Kan reports.

  • 01 May
  • From the section Europe