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“Unusual”

Kuklachyov's Cats Theatre
Ranked #33 of 283 Concerts & Shows in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

I haven't seen a theatre where cats perform anywhere else in the world. I'm one of those animal rights people and was worried that I'd be upset by seeing the show, but the cats (shockingly) all seemed completely comfortable and not at all stressed.

As one other reviewer mentioned, it is quite an odd place, but it is definitely a novelty and the children in the audience were very entertained by it.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

No other way to describe this experience than completely bizzare! I imagine it is what an acid trip feels like. Good value for money, and a range of ticket prices, all seats had a good view. The kids in the audience loved it, though it was rather surreal.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

This is a theatre which uses cats as both props and stars. It is a bit from the center of the city, but well worth the trip (you can also see the North Korean embassy and Putin's residency on the way.

The play was loosely based on several Russian fairy-tales, with distinct acting for the children, as well as some subtle point that were amusing for the adults. The play is in a "non-language", so it is not a problem if you don't know Russian. The actors are all professional dancers, not very far from Bolshoi league, and are a absolute thrill to watch. And the cats of course; a totally crazy experience!

The cafe doesnt look much, but has some astonishing homemade cakes.

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Reviewed July 15, 2012

First up, we love cats and we hate performing animals. Killer whales should not have big spectacles stuck on their faces, poodles should not wear tutus and bears should not be made to jump a skipping rope. So when we heard about the Moscow Cat Theatre and checked out the Youtube clips, we were fascinated and not a little concerned. Should we go and see if it was really possible to 'train' cats or stay away because there had to be cruelty involved at some level, even if that was not giving them an opportunity to express their natural behaviour between shows?

In the end, our curiosity (like our feline friends) got the better of us and we braved the impenetrable booking website and used all our advanced orienteering skills to find the summer location of the theatre on the furthest reaches of the Moscow metro.

First thing we noticed was that this was a show aimed at young children. It was basically a slapstick clown show with cat 'tricks' interspersed. It got off to a painfully slow start (not helped by our limited Russian and even greater lack of kids) and we didn't see the first cat until 35 minutes after a clowny preamble but the russian kids thoroughly enjoyed the pre-cat mischief so the atmosphere was very fun and boisterous. When the cats finally made an appearance, the 'tricks' were uninspiring for the first half and we seriously considered making a speedy exit. But then the show came to life in the second half and at times we were in wonder at what cats could be persuaded to do, how relaxed they appeared to be and what could generally be achieved by concealed treats which were clearly the incentive powering each of the tricks.

Although the manner in which some of the performers handled the cats suggested their petting was more theatrical than genuine, we never once saw a cat cringe or do a turn without its tail being firmly erect. Frequently, we saw some of the cats raise their heads in anticipation of being stroked.

I'll say again that we don't doubt that there will be aspects about these cat performers' lives which we would find unacceptable if we knew the whole story and acknowledge that buying tickets for this kind of show presents ethical dilemmas. On the other hand, cats do not do things they don't want to and there are many cat lovers in the UK who think it acceptable never to allow their pets the freedom of the outdoors. Everyone must make up their own minds whether show business is an respectable profession for a cat and whether having the opportunity to learn more about the potential of these perverse and complex animals prevails over the possibility that what goes on behind the scenes does not meet the best welfare standards.

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