By ThePlayhouse at 20:38 on 04/02/13
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The Moscow State Circus brings its latest and most spectacular show to date to the UK with this sensational extravaganza Babushkin Sekret.
Inspired by the legend of The 12 Chairs, the new show takes audiences on an incredible journey with the greatest circus performers on earth.
A mammoth cast of Russia's greatest and most talented circus artistes, many of which have never performed in Britain, transform the most famous circus in the world, combining contemporary and classical circus in way never before witnessed.
The newly devised show includes the beautiful Queen of Russian Circus Yana Alievia on a revolving aerial chandelier, the whirlwind Rubsovs troupe who acrobatically catapult themselves at breakneck speed and the gyrating juggling Sherbakovs.
Audiences will also be stunned by The Doktrov, flying and spiralling in the apex of the auditorium with grace, beauty and elegance, as well as The Alikanov and the high flying bouncing bamboo bravados of The Perushkins.
If all this is not enough to keep you sat on the edge of your seat then the award winning clowns, Valik and Valerik will have you falling off them with laughter.
The show is set in Soviet Russia in 1927, where a former member of nobility works as a desk clerk until his Grandmother reveals on her deathbed that her family jewellery had been hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the twelve chairs from the families dining room set.
Those chairs, along with all other personal property had been expropriated by the Government after the Russian Revolution.
The desk clerk, played by Valerik and his side kick Valik become a treasure hunters and the Bolsheviks try to track down the chairs.
The two comrades find the chair set which is put out to the auction but fail to buy it and afterwards find out that the set has been split up and sold individually.
They are not alone in this quest but through the process of elimination the two finally discover the location of the 12th and last chair, the one containing the treasure.
But will this chair contain the treasure? Follow these buffoons in their quest for fame and fortune as they discover if their fate lay in the stars or in a fool's paradise.
The Moscow State Circus will be at the Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 February at 8pm and 5pm matinee on Tuesday. Tickets £23, £17, £11, concessions £3 off top two prices, Family Ticket £70, £50 are available on 01934 645 544 or online at http://tinyurl.com/ckzqxvr
Moscow State Circus
Date: Monday, February 11, 2013
Repeats: Every Day until Tuesday, February 12, 2013