Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The Moscow State Circus - Babushkin Sekret - Wolverhampton Civic Hall: Tuesday 26th + Wednesday 27th February 2013

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 Britian, transform the most famous circus in the world, combining contemporary & classical circus in way never before witnessed.

The newly devised show includes The beautiful queen of Russian Circus Yana Alievia on a revolving ariel Chandelier.

The Whirlwind Rubsovs troupe who acrobatically catapult themselves at breakneck speed. The gyrating juggling Sherbakovs, The Doktrov, flying & spiralling in the apex of the auditorium with grace, beauty and elegance. The Alikanov & the high flying bouncing bamboo bravados of The Perushkins.

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

Babushkin Sekret - The Story behind the spectacle.

Inspired by the legend of the ‘12 Chairs’.

Set Soviet Russia in 1927, 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 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 & his side kick Valik become a treasure hunter’s, 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 our buffoons in their quest for fame and fortune as they discover if their fate lay 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 & live comedy show’s "Keep Your Seats Please" in 1936 by Ealing Studios, starring George Formby. The action takes place in England ; another difference between the book and the film was that the 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 sanitised "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. Totally 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.

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Tickets priced £15.00, £19.00, £24.00 + £28.00 are available from Midland Box Office: 0870 320 7000 or online at

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