The wooden theatre on Kamenny Island


St. Petersburg’s Kamenny Island is home to one of Europe’s few remaining wooden theatres from the early 19th century. The theatre was built one summer in just 40 days and was originally constructed to serve the aristocrats with summer homes (dachas) located in the suburbs of imperial St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg’s Kamenny Island is home to one of Europe’s few remaining wooden theatres from the early 19th century. The theatre was built one summer in just 40 days and was originally constructed to serve the aristocrats with summer homes (dachas) located in the suburbs of imperial St. Petersburg. From the beginning, the architect in charge of the project said that the theatre would not last for long – only seven years - as the construction process was so rushed. He however, was quite wrong and almost 200 years later, the theatre still stands. Not long ago the wooden structure is in such deplorable condition that it would have been demolished if not for the restorers who managed to not only save the monument of wooden architecture, but fix it up enough for a modern theatre troupe to use. The installation of a transforming stage, two new underground levels, the original wood from the 19th century and a big architectural experiment helped to put this old theatre back on the St. Petersburg playbill.