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The Moscow State Circus comes to Paisley!

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From Russia with love the world’s most famous circus
brings it’s best kept ‘SEKRET’ to you as Moscow State Circus visits SCOTLAND!

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 us on an incredible journey in the company of – without a doubt – 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 breathtaking Stalkions (three men and two girls walk, back flip and perform unbelievable pyramids 30 feet in the air on the legendary high wire); the Whirlwind Rubsovsm troupe who acrobatically catapult themselves across and high into the big top at breakneck speed; the juggling Sherbakovs on the reverse pyramid of St Petersburg; the Doktrovs, flying and spiraling in the apex of the auditorium with grace, beauty and elegance; the unbelievable vertical pole balancing of The Alikanov and the high flying bouncing bamboo bravados of The Perushkins.

If all this isn’t enough to keep you on the edge of your seats, then the hilarious clowns, Valik & Valerik will have you falling off them with laughter.

Add to this the sensational production that is housed in a specially designed chapiteau big top and is uniquely domed to accommodate the complex rigging for the aerial acts, it is supported by only four ‘king’ poles so as not to obscure the audience’s view.

The story behind the spectacle.

Inspired by the legend of the ‘12 Chairs’.
In Soviet Russia in 1927, a former member of nobility works as a desk clerk until his grandmother reveals on her deathbed that her family jewelry had been hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the 12 chairs from the family’s 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 sidekick Valik, become a treasure hunter 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 their quest to find the jewels, but through a process of elimination, the two finally discover the location of the twelfth and final chair – but will this chair contain the treasure?

Follow our buffoons in their quest for fame and fortune as they discover if their fate lies in the stars or in a fools paradise.

Other productions inspired by the story.

The book has not only inspired The Moscow State Circus in its latest production, but also a series of films and live comedy shows.

In ‘Keep Your Seats Please’ (Ealing Studios, 1936) starring George Formby, the action takes place in England. Another difference between the book and the film was that this story revolved around seven chairs, not twelve.

The comedy ‘It’s in the Bag!’ (1945) starring Fred Allen and Jack Benny was very loosely based on the novel, using just five chairs.

In 1962 Tomas Gutierrez Alea made a Cuban version titled ‘Las Doce Sillas’ in a tropical context starkly similar to the Soviet one of the novel.

Mel Brooks later made a film more closely based on the novel titled ‘The Twelve Chairs’ (1970), but with a sanitized ‘happier’ ending.

The story also served as the basis for the film ‘The Thirteen Chairs ‘(1969) starring Sharon Tate. Shortly after that, two adaptations were made in the USSR: a film in 1971 by Leonid Gaidai and a miniseries in 1976 by Mark Zakharov, featuring Andrei Mironov as Bender.

In total, the novel inspired as many as about twenty adaptations in Russia and abroad.

“I’m privileged to have seen these fabulous entertainers, the country should be privileged to have them here.” – Coventry Evening Telegraph

“Genuinely eye-popping” – The Evening Standard.

“Thrilling” – The Times.

“Manages to marry the traditional with the contemporary yet still retain everything you would expect and more” – Liverpool Echo.

St. James Park
Greenock Road

Friday 24 – Tuesday 28 June

Friday 5pm and 7.45pm
Saturday 2pm, 5pm and 8pm
Sunday 2pm and 5pm
Monday 5pm and 7.45pm
Tuesday 5pm only

Tickets available from Ticketmaster 0844856 555

DW Stadium
Car Park 1
Robin Park

Ticketmaster 0844 856 5555
Information line 07721 565558

Wed 01 – Sun 05 June
Wednesday 7.45pm
Thursday to Saturday 3pm & 7.45pm
Sunday 2pm & 5pm

Fylde Rugby Football Club
Woodlands Memorial Ground
Blackpool Road

Wednesday 08 – Sunday 12 June 2011

Wednesday to Friday 5pm and 7.45pm
Saturday 3pm and 7.45pm
Sunday 2pm and 5pm

Roodee Racecourse
Watergate Square

Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 June 2011

Wednesday to Friday 5pm and 7.45pm
Saturday 2pm and 5pm

The Cloffocks Lorry Park
Griffin Road
CA14 3YH

Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 June

Monday to Tuesday 5pm and 7.45pm
Wednesday 5pm only

Pittencrieff Park
Milton Green
KY12 8QH

Thu 30 June to Sun 03 July

Thursday 7.30pm
Friday 5pm & 7.45pm
Saturday 3pm & 7.45pm
Sunday 3pm

Canal Pitches
Bught Park

Wed 06 to Tue 12 July

Wednesday 7.30pm
Thursday to Saturday & Monday 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 3pm
Tuesday 2pm & 5pm

Lossie Green
Boroughbriggs Road
IV30 1AP

Thurs 14 to Tue 19 July

Thursday 7.30pm
Friday & Saturday & Monday 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday & Tuesday 2pm & 5pm

Queen’s Links
Beach Boulevard
AB24 5EF

Thu 21 July to Mon 01 August

Thursday 21st July
Fri & Sat 3pm &7.30pm
Sun 2om & 5pm
Mon to Wed 3pm & 7.30 pm
Monday 1st August 2pm & 5pm

Riverside Park

Wenesday 3rd to Sunday 7th August

Wednesday 7.30pm
Thursday to Saturday 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 2pm & 5pm

Ocean Terminal
Leith, EH6 6JJ

Venue No: 105

Tuesday 09 – Sunday 21 August 2011

Tuesday 9th 7.30pm Only
Wednesday 10th 2pm and 5pm
Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th 3pm and 8pm
Sunday 14th 2pm and 5pm
Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th 3pm and 8pm
Wednesday 17th NO CIRCUS SHOWS
Thursday 18th and Friday 19th 5pm and 8pm
Saturday 20th 3pm and 8pm
Sunday 21st 2pm and 5pm

Tickets available from Ticketmaster 0844856 555