Academic Bolshoi Drama Theatre opened February 15, 1919 and initially worked in the room of the Great Hall of the Conservatory. In September 1920, BDT has moved on Fontanka, 65, a former Suvorinsky (Small Theatre), where he works to this day.
During the 1920-1950's. have been several major directors. In February 1956 BDT headed G.A.Tovstonogov. He created a theater, which for three decades has consistently remained one of the favorites of domestic theatrical process. Tovstonogov gathered unique ensemble of actors' identities, to make the best drama troupe. Of the actors of the troupe gathered them in the BDT still play Alisa Freundlich and Oleg Basilashvili.
Today, with great dramatic cooperate leading producers of domestic and world theater. The repertoire of the theater - the works of Russian and world classics, comedy contemporary Russian author, a modern foreign plays.