One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

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Previewed 3 September 2004, Opened 16 September 2004, Closed 22 January 2005 at the Gielgud Theatre in London
Returned Previewed 21 March 2006, Opened 28 March 2006, Closed 3 June 2006 at the Garrick Theatre in London

Dale Wasserman's One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest in London, based on the original novel by Ken Kesey, and starring Christian Slater.

Randle P McMurphy: the ultimate free spirit...
over of life, liquor and girls... Into the apparent elysium of Big Nurse's serene, spotless psychiatric ward bursts Randall P. McMurphy, convicted psychotic drifter accustomed to ruling the roost... The inmates' lives are turned upside down and around while she and McMurphy lock horns in battle for their hearts and mind in a powerful, poignant, disturbing yet ultimately liberating theatrical experience.

The cast for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest in London features Christian Slater as 'Randle P. McMurphy' and Alex Kingston as 'Nurse Ratched'. Directed by Terry Johnson and Tamara Harvey with designs by Katy Tuxford, lighting by Chris Davey, costumes by Dagmar Morrell and music and sound by Matt Clifford. This production was originally seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004 before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre with a cast featuring Christian Slater as 'Randle P. McMurphy', Frances Barber as 'Nurse Ratched' and Mackenzie Crook.

"The revival of Dale Wasserman's stage adaptation of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest was highly praised when it was seen in Edinburgh, and rightly so: it packs a terrific punch... There can be no denying its effectiveness as drama, and Terry Johnson and Tamara Harvey's production makes full use of its opportunities. Top honours must go to Christian Slater's edgy, wise-cracking McMurphy." The Sunday Telegraph

"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest is the story of one man's attempt to take on the authorities and how he is beaten by the system. It is set in a mental asylum where Randle McMurphy is faking psychosis to avoid the labour camp. He succeeds in driving his supervisor, Nurse Ratched, well, mad, while bringing some welcome sanity to the crazies. Christian Slater, a charismatic actor, edgy, dangerous and a wonderful mover, plays McMurphy as a low-key hellraiser who brings a breath of air to the patients, most of whom are in retreat from suffocating wives and mothers. Terry Johnson's rather sanitised production is never as involving nor as horrifying as it might be, but the performances are spot-on." The Mail on Sunday

"Reduce Dale Wasserman's bare-bones script, away from Ken Kesey's robust, flowing prose, and its flaws - some of which are almost unjustifiable now - are more apparent than ever. In fact, short of reviving Hair, it's hard to think of a more dated production... The whole production looks remarkably like Milos Forman's film, and Slater's oddly familiar sly grin and testosterone swagger only further the feeling that this is an ossified period piece." The Sunday Times

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest in London at the Gielgud Theatre previewed from 3 September 2004, opened on 16 September 2004 and closed 22 January 2005, returned to London at the Garrick Theatre previewed from 21 March 2006, opened on 28 March 2006 and closed on 3 June 2006.