As we were leaving the Vaudeville Theatre last night, my friend Kate said to me: "Well it was better than Pirates of the Caribbean." A reference to the fourth film, On Stranger Tides, which we'd seen together a few weeks earlier and been distinctly underwhelmed by.
And that probably sums it up quite nicely. The Flying Karamazov Brothers mainly juggle and occasionally play instruments and lark around a bit. They are very impressive jugglers and do some great musical interludes and one quite amusing ballet-themed one but at the end of the day they are a cabaret act and quite what they are doing on the stage of a big West End theatre in a run that is due to last until September I do not know.
Like a good fringe show they are fun but at 90 minutes even with the interval it feels stretched. I think I'd be quite miffed if I'd paid any more than £10 for a ticket (prices are advertised up to around £40 for the best seats) but as the auditorium was barely half full I imagine it will be easy to get hold of good offers.
Photo by Gavin Evans