Bolshoi Theater is planning to remove 247 inconvenient seats and replace them with standing places, which will go on sale for 100 roubles ($3) from next season.

"These will be standing places but we will provide cushioned rests to sit on if tired," Bolshoi general director Vladimir Urin told journalists.

There are also plans to open Bolshoi's rehearsals to public. The first such experiment will be staged this year, at a rehearsal of John Neumeier's premiere. The practice may be introduced for all rehearsals from next year. The tickets for such dry runs will be attractively cheap.