The Bolshoi Theater (Большой театр) has been in the news recently concerning the attack on the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Filin. The director had acid thrown in his face on January 17 that severely damaged his eyes. Police have charged Pavel Dmitrichenko with two other accomplices for the incident. A renowned theater for opera and ballet the Bolshoi has a prestigious name. The Bolshoi Theater was built in 1776 under Catherine the Great and has been burned down three times. As major reconstruction of the Main Stage was occurring the New Stage was provided and continued the work of the theater. The reconstruction project lasted 6 years and improved the building to have state of the art equipment while still maintaining original aspects of the building. The Main Stage was reopened on October 28, 2011. The theater is a symbol of Russia and its culture, upholding traditions of Russian music and development of the country’s performing arts.