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The Overcoat

Scandal & Gallows presents: The Overcoat

Photos by Alyssa Chamberlain, 2018


4th-6th October 2017
Omnibus Theatre

9th-14th October 2017
Old Sorting Office, Barnes

9th-18th January 2018
Omnibus Theatre

★★★★ “a remarkably satisfying 60 minutes of theatre[...] King's production is full of wonderfully inventive touches[...] a masterclass in theatrical storytelling.” | WhatsOnStage

★★★★ “John King unites all these elements in a triumphant production of delightful inventiveness and theatrical precision[...]an hour of intriguing, quirky and fascinating theatre.” | Broadway Baby

"beautiful in a vague and ineffable way [...] Marta Vella gives an astonishing performance." | A Younger Theatre


Director - John King
Playwright - George Johnson
Producer - Emily Baycroft
Set and Costume Design - Emily Megson
Cast - Guy Clark, Elizabeth Schenk, Marta Vella
Lighting and Sound Design - Johannes Hjorth
Composer - Stephen Gage
Stage Manager - Fetin Sardanah
Executive Producer/Artistic Director - Madeleine Skipsey
Graphic Design - Hannah Grace Taylor
Photographer - Alyssa Chamberlain
Videographer - Alessia Palombo

A modern fairytale about a woman who never asked for much in life, and didn’t even get that.

Akakiy Akakievitchna was deeply devoted to her work. An underpaid, unnoticed administrative assistant in an under-funded, unimportant government department, she came to work each day only to be ridiculed by colleagues and scrape together enough to feed herself and stave off the ferocious St.Petersburg winters.

One day – no one quite remembers when – she set her sights on a higher aspiration than any in her life so far; a new overcoat.

Scandal and Gallows returns to Omnibus Theatre with a delightfully dark and absurdist staging of Nikolai Gogol’s famous short story, a bitingly funny commentary on social disparity that’s still all too relevant today.

Design by Hannah Grace Taylor

Design by Hannah Grace Taylor

To commission artwork, or to see more of Hannah Grace's design, visit her website.


Music from the Production