O Theater – Bellagio

Las Vegas, Nevada

A Brief History of the Theater

Since late October 2010, Cirque du Soleil has offered backstage tours of the O Theater in Las Vegas to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look. The 90-minute tour allows guests to see areas typically off-limits to the public, like the massive backstage wings where performers and crew prep for the show, the training rooms where acrobats practice their stunts, and the intricate costume workshop where elaborate outfits are hand-crafted.

The tour tries to provide an authentic experience by taking place during a typical day, so guests may catch glimpses of performers rehearsing, training, or on break in the cafeteria. The timing allows visitors to witness the hustle and bustle leading up to a live performance. Since every day backstage is different, each tour offers a one-of-a-kind sneak peek at the inner workings of this spectacular production.

The O Theater, home to Cirque’s popular water-themed production, has been a major success since its opening in 1998. In early 2011, the show had already crossed the $1 billion mark, making it one of Cirque du Soleil’s most lucrative and enduring shows. The theater had its 10,000th performance on September 1st, 2019.

Technical Details of the Theater’s Production

The show features 85 performers, including acrobats, synchronized swimmers, and divers. They perform in and above a 1.5 million-gallon pool. For maintenance, the pool can be drained into the Bellagio Lake in about 12 hours, raising the lake’s water level by 1 inch. 

The pool is kept at 88°F and has an underwater speaker system and regulators that allow performers to breathe underwater. All performers are scuba certified, and the underwater stage lift was created by Handling Specialty. 

Plunge into the mesmerizing world of ‘O’ at the O Theater – Bellagio, where water and wonder create a spectacle unlike any other – secure your tickets now for a breathtaking journey!