Russia’s famous Bolshoi theatre has unveiled its new facade, after almost six years of controversial repairs.
The unveiling was rushed to coincide with celebrations in May, marking the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany at the end of the Second World War.
The authorities say the restoration, scheduled to finish two years ago, should now continue until 2011.
The chief choreographer said work has begun on what will probably be the venue’s first show.
“It’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and I will direct it,” Yuri Grigorovich said.
But there hasn’t been universal praise for the work. Investigators have begun a probe into the cost overruns and delays.
There are allegations that millions have been embezzled during the ongoing refurbishment.