ADAPTED from the big top to the theatre stage, the Moscow State Circus’ spectacular show arrives in the island this weekend, for two shows at the Gaiety Theatre.
Stylistically, Soviet circuses are focused on Eastern European culture, and hold more narrative and dance than their Western counterparts.
The Babushkin Sekret show features a mammoth cast of some of Russia’s most talented circus artist, many performing in the British Isles for the very first time, including the ‘beautiful queen of Russian circus’ Yana Alievia, who features on a revolving aerial chandelier in the newly devised show.
Stars also include the Whirlwind Rubsov troupe, who acrobatically catapult themselves at breakneck speed, and the gyrating juggling Sherbakovs.
Gracefully flying and spiralling around the stage will be The Doktrov and The Alikanov characters, as well as the high flying bouncing bamboo bravados of The Perushkins.
Comedy relief comes from award-winning clowns Valik and Valerik, with their unsupported ladder routine so often a crowd pleaser.
Babushkin Sekret is in 1927, it is inspired by the legend of The 12 Chairs, in which family jewels are hidden from the Bolsheviks inside a chair.
A former member of nobility works as a desk clerk, until his grandmother reveals on her deathbed that her family jewellery had been hidden in the family’s dining room set, which was all expropriated by the government after the Russian Revolution.
The desk clerk, played by clown Valerik and his side kick Valik, become treasure hunters, while the Bolsheviks also try to track down the chairs.
As the story unfolds the two comrades find the chair set, which is put up for auction, but fail to buy it and afterwards find out that the set has been split up and sold individually.
Racing against their competitors, the two finally discover the location of the twelfth and last chair, but will it contain the treasure?
The story has not only inspired The Moscow State Circus in its latest production, but also a series of films and live comedy shows, including 1936’s Keep Your Seats Please starring George Formby.
For breathtaking theatrics however, you can’t beat seeing the performers in the flesh, with contortionists, jesters and acrobats on stage at the top of their game.
The show takes place at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, on Saturday and Sunday, with two performances each day.
On Saturday there are shows at 5pm and 8pm, while on Sunday performances are at 2pm and 5pm.
Tickets are £23.50 for adults, concession price is £13.50, and family tickets are available for £68.
Call 600555 or visit www.villagaiety.com for tickets, or call in to the Villa Marina reception or Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal in Douglas.