This theatre located on Palace Embankment belongs to the set of buildings that make up the Hermitage Museum.
Ordered by Catherine II, it was designed by Giacomo Quarenghi. Its construction (1783-1787) replaced “Peter I’s Winter Palace” 1716-1727). Later, archeological search showed that the Italian architect used support from the walls of the former palace.
The Hermitage Theatre has a classical façade. Its hall, however, is decorated in renaissance style. The architect found his inspiration in the Tetro Olimpico of Vincense (Iltaly) that was designed by Andrea Palladio (16th century).
Although it was closed during Soviet times (1935-1991) it always had an important role on the theatrical stage of Saint Petersburg.