The Flying Karamazov Brothers opened at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre last night (20 June 2011, previews from 9 June), marking the American troupe’s first return to London in 17 years. Their limited summer season runs until 10 September 2011.

Coming straight from an extended run at New York’s Minetta Lane Theatre, {The Flying Karamazov Brothers::L334682291} is packed with music, comedy, acrobatics, dancing, juggling and provocative philosophy. The four-strong company contend that “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”.

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Founded by Paul Magid in California in 1973, The Flying Karamazov Brothers have entertained audiences around the world for decades. The show has enjoyed two West End seasons – at the old Mayfair Theatre in 1981 and the Criterion Theatre in 1994 – and have been featured on screen in the likes of Seinfeld, Ellen, The Tonight Show and the film The Jewel of the Nile.

{The Flying Karamazov Brothers::L334682291} bring kilts, moustaches, tutus, lots of musical instruments, thousands of cardboard boxes and just about anything that can be juggled back to London.

- Matt Hannigan