The Overcoat

Toured 2009 – 2011

Get the coat, get the girl, change the world!

In a futile government department reminiscent of Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’, Akakki falls in love with the beautiful Natalia. His feelings for her are not returned; this drives him to be the best and win the ultimate office prize – the overcoat. But how far is Akakki willing to go? And at what cost?

Inspired by Gogol’s short story, The Overcoat creates an intoxicating world where a man’s thoughts and dreams spill out into everyday life…

Full show

Created by Amit Lahav

Collaborating with
Designer: Ti Green
Lighting: James Farncombe
Sound: Dan Steele
Assistant to the Director: Rich Rusk
Costume Supervisor: Sophie Bugeaud Labrune

Natalie Ayton, Anders Jensen, Amit Lahav, Robert Luckay, Inigo Ortega Martinez, Dave Price, Georgina Roberts, Vinicius Salles, Dai Tabuchi, Francois Testory, Sirena Tocco and Tom Wu.

Production Manager: Andy Beadmore (2009-10) and Sam Paterson (2008)
Tour Manager: Emma Bettridge (Autumn 2010)
Technical Manager: Lorenzo Appetecchia (Autumn 2010)
Stage Manager: Gwen Scolding (2010), Rachel Bowen
Relighter: Rachel Bowen, Antony Hateley and Chris Swain (Autumn 2010)
Sound Operator: Jason Ryall (2010)
Technical Assistant Stage Manager: Elfie Courcoult, Lee Grey (2010) and Matt O’Leary (Autumn 2010)
Rigging Consultant: Joe White
Technical Intern: Holly Parker



John Peter, The Sunday Times
“Hauntingly and recklessly brilliant … thrilling and sinister surrealist nightmare.”

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“Creates a dazzlingly inventive world that combines visual flair and physical swagger.”

Past Touring

Past Touring

The China Shanghai International Arts Festival, Shanghai, China

New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, UK
Northern Stage, Newcastle, UK
Nuffield Southampton, UK
Uijeongbu Music Theatre Festival – Uijeonbu Arts Centre, South Korea
Chuncheon International Mime Festival – Chuncheon Arts & Culture Centre, South Korea
Rebecca Crowne Theatre, Jerusalem, Israel
National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing, China
Capital Theatre, Beijing
People’s Theatre, Xian
Grand Theatre, Wuhan
Children’s Palace Theatre, Shenzhen
National Theatre Brasilia, Brazil
Ibero-American Theatre Festival of Bogotà, Colombia
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK
Contact Theatre, Manchester, UK
Lyric Hammersmith, London, UK
Plymouth Theatre Royal, Plymouth, UK
Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland
International Festival of Theatre, Tbilisi, Georgia
Teatro Popular, Sao Paolo, Brazil


Funded by Arts Council England. A Gecko and Lyric Hammersmith production in association with Plymouth Theatre Royal.