Semianyki Express

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Semianyki Express

For those unschooled in Putin's mother tongue: 'semianyki' is the Russian word for 'family'. Indeed, this posse of zanily attired clowns is a family of sorts, united by a common sartorial eccentricity and taste for the absurd. Founded in 2002 at St Petersburg's Teatr Licedei (the fulcrum of Soviet theatre), the troupe have spent more than a decade honing their bombastic comic routine; after the runaway success of their show 'La Famille Semianyki', they return to the stage with 'Semianyki Express'. Prepare to crack up.

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