Satirising bureaucracy

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Le Mot Juste Theatre bring their production of Gogol’s The Overcoat to the Brighton Fringe. The show runs from Thursday, May 16 to Sunday, May 19, at 5.30pm, at The Old Courtroom, 18 Church Street.

Assistant producer Stephanie Koeniger said: “Le Mot Juste Theatre is an ensemble-based company who tell stories in their simplest form, ensuring their theatre is visually arresting, emotionally engaging, and that it can be understood by as many people as possible.

“Gogol’s The Overcoat focuses on Akaky Akakievitch, a St Petersburg clerk, who buys and loses a new coat with a cat-fur collar. In many ways it is a very contemporary tale – written at a time of economic insecurity and great poverty, the story satirises Russian bureaucracy and society, and deals with universal human themes of jealousy, fulfilment, vanity, self-delusion and deceit.”