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.
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.
BABUSHKIN SEKRET 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.
THE TWELVE CHAIRS 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.
PAISLEY St. James Park Greenock Road PA3 2LQ
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
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