Also called the Pushkin Theater, the Alexandrinsky hosts performances by the acclaimed Russian Ballet and visiting dance companies, as well as dramatic plays (in Russian only). It is an impressive alternative to the Mariinsky if tickets there are not available or are out of your price range. Designed in the 1820s by Carlo Rossi, the Alexandrinsky is an important part of the surrounding architectural ensemble. Sip champagne at intermission on the columned balcony for the full experience. It's one of the rare theaters that stay open in summer, offering top-quality performances when other theaters are shuttered or the troupes are on tour.