From Start to Finnish (geddit?) at the Pleasance

Friday, 13 April, 2012

The Overcoat & Death of a Theatre Critic

From Start to Finnish is an initiative between The Pleasance Theatre Trust and ACE Production, Finland with the mission to bring Finnish work to the UK and take British work to Finland. This new programme is intended to reveal Finland’s successful and astonishing approach to theatre, its diversity, its talent and its successes. The Pleasance welcomes two critically acclaimed Finnish works to be performed in London for the first time.

The Overcoat

The Overcoat is a modern reinterpretation of Nikolai Gogol’s famous short story.  Akaky McAkay, a sympathetic yet inconspicuous bank clerk, finds himself in financial dire straits and believes his happiness lies in a brand new overcoat.  This fateful decision sparks an incredible and often hilarious journey through the jungle of modern work life and global economy, all the way to the very fundamental questions of his existence.  However, amidst all the comedy, The Overcoat never loses sight of the fact that decisions taken at the highest levels of international finance can have devastating consequences for ordinary people.

Death of a Theatre Critic

This dark comedy about chance and destiny follows the hardships of a theatre director when, after having his latest production torn to pieces by the leading critic, he then encounters misfortune in his private life as well. Things go downhill fast. Alone and unhappy he goes all-in on one card to put everything right again. A decision with unforeseen consequences…

The Overcoat
Tuesday 17th – Saturday 28th April, 7.30pm

Death of a Theatre Critic
Tuesday 1st – Saturday 5th May, 7.30pm

More at www.pleasance.co.uk


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