The Flying Karamazov Brothers

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Previewed 9 June 2011, Opened 20 June 2011, Closed 20 August 2011 at the Vaudeville Theatre in London

For a strictly limited season - The Flying Karamazov Brothers in London.

Take four entertainers who are musicians, comedians, acrobats, dancers, jugglers and philosophers. Add kilts, moustaches, musical instruments, two thousand cardboard boxes, tutus, topical satire and the ability to juggle anything. Who are they? The Flying Karamazov Brothers. They don't fly, they're not Russian and they're not brothers. But they are the funniest, most thought-provoking, kilt-wearing, clever idiots in town.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers are Mark Ettinger as 'Alexi', Rod Kimball as 'Pavel', Paul Magid as 'Dmitri' and Stephen Bent as 'Zossima'. The show is written and directed by Paul Magid. The Flying Karamazov Brothers have played a number of seasons both on and off Broadway in the last 30 years. They where last seen in London's West End with their show Juggle and Hyde which enjoyed a seven week run at the Criterion Theatre in 1994. They now come to London having most recently completed a sucessful nine month season at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York.

"Juggling is a form of entertainment where anticipating the next dropped club is part of the fun for the audience... The Brothers embrace this idea, claiming that the high chance of failure makes juggling a 'unique' theatrical experience. This provides the theme for the centrepieces of the first and second parts of the show, the Challenge and the Terror respectively... That they ever get it right is impressive but these centrepiece tricks suffer from the fact that if they work they have to be wrapped up so fast that, for non-aficionados, the detail is lost. More enjoyable routines - such as Throwing Some Jazz, an extended period of improvised back and forth juggling, and those that incorporate percussion and glowing balls - give the audience more time to appreciate the skill." The Financial Times

"Not only are they not Russian nor fraternal by blood, but neither do they fly. What they can do, and do exceedingly well, is juggle, play instruments, sing and create an atmosphere of altogether benign lunacy... Here they are delivering a genial and family-friendly, if sometimes patchy, show lasting about 90 minutes including an interval. The stage is both framed and backed by stacks of cardboard boxes, out of which the quartet first pops up. Soon they are juggling pins in time to Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King. It's a good start, even if points were lost by some of the subsequent routines... Yet these agreeably anarchic guys, in identical leather kilts, are pretty hard to resist." The Times

"In the heyday of variety and vaudeville, eccentric jugglers, dancers and musicians would be one item on a gloriously mixed bill. Now what were once known as 'speciality acts' occupy a whole evening. And, while this much-travelled American troupe is likable, dexterous and inventive, 100 minutes of them is rather too much of a good thing... The whole evening is a mix of skill and anarchy. The kilted foursome skip around the stage like kids let out to play, tell bad jokes and juggle with objects supplied by the audience... But while you have to admire the group's discipline and sense of fun, by the end I began to yearn for the kaleidoscopic variety of old-fashioned revue, when one good turn, hopefully, led to another." The Guardian

The Flying Karamazov Brothers in London at the Vaudeville Theatre previewed from 9 June 2011, opened on 20 June 2011 and closed on 20 August 2011 - was originally scheduled to close on 10 September 2011.