One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Play by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey. Randle Patrick McMurphy: the ultimate free spirit... over 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.

Original West End London Production in 1988 with John Vine

London Revival in 2000 with Gary Sinise

1st West End London Revival in 2004/2006 with Christian Slater


Original West End London Production 1988 at the Playhouse Theatre

Previewed 5 April 1988, Opened 8 April 1988, Closed 7 May 1988 at the Playhouse Theatre

The cast featured John Vine as 'Randle Patrick McMurphy' and Stephanie Turner as 'Nurse Ratched', with Kenny Andrews, Moira Brooker, Timothy Block, Andrew Chadwick, Nicola Holmes, Douglas W Iles, John Labanowski, Gary Lilburn, Kwabena Manso, Anthony Milner, and Alan Parnaby.

Directed by Robin Midgley, with designs by Gavin Davies, and lighting by Chic Reid.

Touring production which came into the West End for a strictly limited season.


London Revival 2000 at the Barbican Theatre

Opened 27 July 2000, Closed 5 August 2000 at the Barbican Theatre

The cast featured Gary Sinise as 'Randle Patrick McMurphy' and Amy Morton as 'Nurse Ratched', with Sarah Charipar, Stephanie Childers, Jennifer Engstrom, K Todd Freeman, Eric Johner, Leonard Kraft, Misha Kuznetsov, Ross Lehman, Mariann Mayberry, Bill Noble, Ron O J Parson, Tim Sampson, Warren Schueneman, Rick Snyder, Christian Stolte, Danton Stone, Greg Vinkler, John Watson, Sr, and Afram Bill Williams.

Directed by Terry Kinney, with designs by Robert Brill, costumes by Laura Bauer, lighting by Kevin Rigdon, and music and sound by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.

Presented by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company as part of BITE:00 (Barbican International Theatre Event:2000)


1st West End London Revival 2004/2006 at the Gielgud and Garrick Theatre

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

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

The cast at the Gielgud Theatre in 2004 featured Christian Slater as 'Randle P McMurphy' and Frances Barber as 'Nurse Ratched', with Tim Ahern as 'Dr Spivey', Stephen K Amos as 'Aide Warran', Ian Coppinger as 'Anthony Martini', Mackenzie Crook as 'Bily Bibbitt', Brendan Dempsey as 'Chief Bromden', Felix Dexter as 'Aide Williams', Katherine Jakeways as 'Sandy', Dave Johns as 'Ruckly', Phil Nichol as 'Charles Atkins Cheswick III', Owen O'Neill as 'Dale Harding', Lucy Porter as 'Nurse Flinn', Gavin Robertson as 'Frank Scanlon', and Lizzie Roper as 'Candy'.

The cast at the Garrick Theatre in 2006 featured Christian Slater as 'Randle P McMurphy' and Alex Kingston as 'Nurse Ratched', with Simon Chandler as 'Dr Spivey', Cornelius Macarthy as 'Aide Warran', Ian Coppinger as 'Anthony Martini', Paul Ready as 'Bily Bibbitt', Brendan Dempsey as 'Chief Bromden', Felix Dexter as 'Aide Williams', Katherine Jakeways as 'Sandy', Alan Douglas as 'Ruckly', Alex Giannini as 'Charles Atkins Cheswick III', Owen O'Neill as 'Dale Harding', Rebecca Grant as 'Nurse Padua', Gavin Robertson as 'Frank Scanlon', and Lizzie Roper as 'Candy'.

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 West End's Gielgud Theatre.

"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 Garrick Theatre previewed from 21 March 2006, opened on 28 March 2006, and closed on 3 June 2006.