Every lover of theatre in Petersburg knows the address 65 Fontanka River Embankment. It's here that you'll the Bolshoi Drama Theater. Within its walls, the famed director, Georgy Tovstonogov, over the course of 33 years, shined the bright light of his talent on various aspects of human existence. He didn't judge, and he didn't lecture. He merely presented peole with the pressing issues of the day, offering spectators the chance to find answers to them within themselves. Tovstonogov's years were undoubtedly a standout period in the life of the BDT, but they certainly weren't the only one. Its history dates back to 1919, but the history of the building that it occupies dates back to the 19th century, the era when Petersburg was the capital of the Russian empire. For the first time in its 150 years, the applause has died down at this building on the Fontanka River, and its first major renovation is underway. Join RTG host Alexander Uvarov to see the BDT being revitalized.