Russian Revolution

Origin
Inspired by Carl Jung after seeing the Marx brothers perform. “Das Kapital”, he said. He immediately booked them for the Winter Palace, St Petersburg.

Storming the Winter Palace
The Marx brothers went down very well, especially with their routines about how the nobility were spending their days at the races and their nights at the opera. However, the audience were so appalled at the rest of the show they attacked the Royal Box and those sitting there got caught by the Bolsheviks. This was very painful.

Steppes
Manufactured band first on the bill at the Winter Palace.

Ice-pick
Revolutionary rapper. Second on the bill.

Kremlin
Frog puppet that closed the first half of the show.

Lenin
Sang “Imagine there’s no Tsar”, “Give the Proletariat a Chance”, and “Watching the Wheels of Production”. His famous remark “Would the people in the cheap seats clap their hands, and the rest of you give your jewellery back to the people,” sealed the fate of Tsar Nicholas and his family.

Unrest
The uprising of the proletariat, rumblings in the Balkans and unrest along the Volga. It was largely caused by the cheap vodka sold in the interval.

Trotsky
What many of the vodka drinkers got.

Red Square
Punter who left the gig early, saying he preferred traditional balalaikas.

Volga boatmen
Sailors who sang rude songs in the bar.

Engels
Tribute song recorded by Robbie Williams.

Anastasia
The only survivor of the post-gig bloodbath. Became a gravel-voiced pop songstress.

Conclusion
Russia’s new leaders closed the Winter Palace in order to prevent further unrest. But the vodka stayed on sale, which eventually led to Stalin’s purges.

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