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"Bolshoi Ballet is a universe of the imagination, a place of magic and enchantment, beauty and romance, its many worlds vibrate with graceful dancers, glorious music, and sumptuous costumes."
–Trudy Garfunkel
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The Bolshoi Theatre is an Industrial Era Wonder in Civilization VI. It must be built on flat land adjacent to a Theater Square.

  • Effects:
    • +2 Writer6 Great Writer points per turn
    • +2 Musician6 Great Musician points per turn
    • +1 GreatWorkWriting6 Great Work of Writing slot
    • +1 GreatWorkMusic6 Great Work of Music slot
    • Awards 2 randomly-chosen free civics when completed.


The Bolshoi Theater is best used by anyone aiming to achieve a Cultural Victory. +2 Writer6 Great Writer and Musician6 Great Musician points is a decent yield (even better with Kongo, which gains +3 points). The Great Work slots are good for building up Tourism6 Tourism and gaining another preciously-rare slot for a GreatWorkMusic6 Great Work of Music.

Since some civics are not required to get to Opera and Ballet, such as Exploration and Reformed Church, make sure to research these pre-Industrial leaf-civics before finishing the wonder. Otherwise, you may end up having the two free civics earned by building the Bolshoi Theater wasted on civics you could have easily researched in a few turns.

Civilopedia entry Edit

The Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow – bolshoi being the Russian for “grand” – is home for the Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera companies, among the oldest and largest in the world (the ballet has some 200 dancers). The ballet company was founded in March 1776 by Prince Urusov and Michael Maddox, a British theater manager; after performing in private homes for some years, the company was profitable enough to acquire the Petrovka Theater and opened there for the first time in December 1780. Sadly, the Petrovka burned down in 1805, to be replaced by the New Arbat Theater, which burned down in 1812 during Napoleon’s occupation of the city. The current Bolshoi Theater was built between 1821 and 1824, and it managed not to burn down – although it was renovated in 1843, 1856, 1921, 2002 and 2011. The last renovation included restoring the theater’s acoustics to the original high quality (which had been mucked up by the Soviets) and restoring the original imperial décor (which had been ripped out by those same Soviets). Despite prices ranging up to 5000 rubles, ballet and opera performances continue to be sold out – mostly to tourists.

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