The Minister of culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky was surprised by the low ticket prices in theatres in Astrakhan, reports TASS. The Minister told reporters after a meeting with workers of culture of the region.
The meeting discussed the economic difficulties faced by theatres in Astrakhan. Ticket prices, for example, have not been increased for several years. In a local Opera you can get for 400 rubles, and only in the premiere performances the tickets will cost more.
"I was surprised that such cheap tickets. But what set the prices — that the powers themselves theatres. We never referred to our theatres, which set their prices," said Medina.
According to the Minister, the Russian theatres exist in conditions of absolute freedom. "I honestly don't know of a precedent, no country in the world and any era over the last couple of thousand years, starting with ancient Greece and ancient Rome, the theatres enjoyed absolute freedom in the presence of state budget financing," he said.
Only in the Astrakhan region, there are four theatres, including the state Opera and ballet theatre, drama theatre, youth theatre and puppet theatre.