The Flying Karamazov Brothers have posted closing notices at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. The renowned American troupe returned to London for the first time in 17 years, opening on 20 June 2011 (previews from 9 June) at the Vaudeville Theatre, where it was initially booking to 10 September. The season will now finish on 20 August.

During the final weeks, children can see the show for free if accompanied by a paying adult (one free child ticket per adult ticket).

The four-strong company – all multi-tasking musicians comedians, acrobats, dancers, jugglers and philosophers from the Monty Python/Marx Brothers mould – have come to London direct from New York and an extended run at Off-Broadway’s Minetta Lane Theatre.


The Flying Karamazov Brothers in New York

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

According to marketing material, you shouldn’t be confused by the title as “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”, employing in their act a variety of “kilts, moustaches, musical instruments, two thousand cardboard boxes, tutus, topical satire”, and anything that can be juggled.

The next production scheduled for the Vaudeville is the Tricycle Theatre 2010 production of Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass, starring Antony Sher and Tara Fitzgerald. It runs from 16 September to 10 December 2011 (previews from 14 September), following a month back at the Tricycle, where it was first seen last year, from 10 August to 10 September.