The Municipal Theatre Near Tolstoy's Outpost was opened in 1972 and until 1992 it was treated like an amateur studio and existed on a voluntary basis. This period is characterized by original and challenging theatrical productions, such as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by W. Shakespeare, ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ by E. Rostand, ‘Twenty years later’ by M. Svetlova, etc. In 1998 the artistic director of the theatre was changed and until 2006 the theatre was gradually losing its popularity. Besides all this, the theatre had no stage because its previous building was lost in a fire. In 2006 the theatre was granted a new building in which workshops, departments, a chamber auditorium with 60 seats and other rooms were equipped after long-lasting thorough repairs. In 2010 the theatre was renamed The Municipal Theatre of Russian Drama ‘Hermitage’. Youth themes as well as work with young directors, playwrights, and actors are the priority directions for the theater.