Stage set for Russian circus stars

PUBLISHED: 09:26 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:26 31 January 2013

The Moscow State Circus will be at The Playhouse, Weston, on February 11 and 12.

The Moscow State Circus will be at The Playhouse, Weston, on February 11 and 12.


All-new show full of breathtaking acts to wow Playhouse audiences.

SOME of the world’s finest circus performers will be descending on Weston in February to stage a spectacular new show.

Inspired by the legend of The 12 Chairs, the new production from the Moscow State Circus will take over The Playhouse on February 11 and 12.

A mammoth cast of Russia’s greatest and most talented circus artistes, many of whom have never performed in Britain, will be combining contemporary and classical circus in a way which has never been witnessed before.

The newly devised show includes the beautiful Queen of Russian Circus Yana Alievia on a revolving aerial chandelier, the acrobatic Rubsovs troupe and the juggling Sherbakovs.

Audiences will also be stunned by The Doktrov, flying and spiralling in the apex of the auditorium, as well as the high flying bouncing bamboo bravados of The Perushkins. And if all this is not enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, then the award-winning clowns Valik and Valerik will have you falling off them with laughter.

The show is set in Soviet Russia in 1927, where a former member of nobility works as a desk clerk – that is until his grandmother reveals on her deathbed that her family jewellery had been hidden from the Bolsheviks in one of the 12 chairs from the family’s dining room set.

Those chairs, along with all the family’s other personal property, was taken by the Government after the Russian Revolution. The clerk, played by Valerik, and his sidekick Valik become treasure hunters and try to track down the chairs. Eventually they discover its location, but will it contain the treasure?

The Moscow State Circus will be performing at 8pm, with an additional 5pm show on February 12. Tickets are priced £11-23, with family deals available. To find out more call the box office on 01934 645544 or visit

* We have teamed up with The Playhouse to give away three pairs of tickets to see the show. To enter, simply answer the following question: What are the names of the Moscow State Circus’ two award-winning clowns?

Send your answer, along with your name, address, and a daytime telephone number to: Moscow State Circus competition, Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW, by 9am on Wednesday, February 6. Alternatively, you can click on the link in the top right hand corner of this page to enter. Usual Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

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