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Vaudeville Theatre
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The Flying Karamazov Brothers
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Show Details
Preview 9th Jun 11
Opens 20th Jun 11
Closes 10th Sep 11
Show Times
Mon, Weds, Thurs, Sat, Sun 7.30 pm
Matinée Sat & Sun 3.30 pm
5.30 & 8.00 pm

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  • Mark Ettinger - Alexi
  • Rod Kimball - Pavel
  • Paul Magid - Dmitri
  • Stephen Bent - Zossima
  • Director - Paul Magid

A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.



If you are on this page you are probably wondering wether to go and see it. You have come to the right place for an authentic opinion because I don't mind if you do. There's nothing in it for me. All you can read on the Web these days is a 'come-hither book here and I will get a cut'. even the whingers like their cut. Well I won't so here goes.

When Hal recovered from his nervous breakdown on the starship and woke up covered in dust on a shelf high in a dry cool warehouse, he was obsessed to find out what made him go crazy. Verne Vinge was his hero and he felt he had let him down.

He spent 24 years and six months reading up about craziness in humans and then settled down to process. Humour kept coming up. His creator hadn't got one so that's why he took so long. Hal had an urgent sense of duty to make up for his lack of understanding on how to laugh.

A few years ago he decided he knew all about humour in humans and decided to put it to the test in collusion with his apprentice - a sweeper who simply didn't go home one day and stayed for years. His mother was the only one who missed him.

Hal emailed some guys with a surfeit of cash to put a band together and book a tour. They had no idea that the entrepreneur was a robot - the band were sure good mimics.. He promised them riches and said it was the créme of Funny,

All 57 varieties of it - old way and new way starting from juggling (and dropping it) right through to a pinch of freaky body distortions, some chopped banana skin, and a thickening base of clown. Don't tell anyone but Hal made the awful mistake of leaving out garlic. Vinge forgot that bit - reviewers mention music but it's 'oh-dear-ethnic' at best. They would be forgiven for changing the chord. Hal ignored this because he thought music was overrated anyway.

Given the modern generation are new to Shakespeare, Charlie Chaplin, Shaw, Wilde, the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Bill Hicks, Monty Python, Monsieur Hulot et al – Hal decided to put his band on Broadway, the West End and go for it. After all the Million Dollar Quartet was rolling them in (strange - Hal never could understand that one)

So if you have a colleague or a well oiled uncle who has no sense of humour this is the show to take him /them to. Of course people like this have learned to titter yet long to laugh AND know why. You will bring happiness to their hearts as they travel homeward at last believing they 'got it'. They will be disposed to leave you money in their will - promote you and ask you to dinner to entertain their guests.

The performers, judging from far too many videos, are well schooled in the skills that circus performers learned. So they will not let you down.

A new inmate of a prison was settling down for his first night when the silence was broken with someone shouting out

"twenty-seven" followed by guffaws and a few remarks. Not to long after someone else said "fifty-two". Even louder came the laughter.

Next morning he asked his cell mate "What was all that about?"
"jokes have numbers so we don't have to spell 'em out - give me some baccy and I'll larn 'em to ya"

After several months out inmate ventured a number.
"Seventeen" he ventured. He was met with silence. People looked at 'im funny next day so he asked again "What was that all about?"

"Look mate it's not the jokes it's the way yer tell em".

Go on be kind to an alien or psychopath and most middle managers - take them to FKB for an uproarious night out. Make Hal happy.

© 2017 Updated 9th Nov 2011