"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" extends to 1 Jan 2005

"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" extends to 1 Jan 2005

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, By Dale Wasserman, based on the Novel by Ken Kesey, has been extended by 4 weeks at the Gielgud Theatre to 1 Jan 2005, when Christian Slater's filming commitments take him back to the US.

Christian Slater said "I'm having a great time in England. The show is so much fun for all of us in the cast that we are thrilled to continue with it to 2005".

Producer Nica Burns said," One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has broken box office records at the Gielgud Theatre. It has won a new audience and receives a fantastic response every night. It is terrific that Christian and the cast are able to extend and give more people the opportunity to see the show".

It is directed by Terry Johnson, designs by Katy Tuxford and costumes by Dagmar Morrell.

The cast includes: Christian Slater (R.P. McMurphy ), Mackenzie Crook (Billy Bibbitt ), Frances Barber (Nurse Ratched), Brendan Dempsey (Chief Bromden), Owen O'Neill, Ian Coppinger, Dave Johns, Gavin Robertson and Phil Nichol, Felix Dexter, Lucy Porter, Lizzie Roper, Katherine Jakeways, Stephen K Amos, Tim Ahern

Set in the sterile confines of a US mental hospital in the early 1960s. Into this world walks McMurphy, a violent, larger-than-life gambler who has faked psychosis to avoid the drudgery of a working goal.

The cast of eccentrics live out their banal routines watched over by the tyrannical Nurse Ratched and in constant fear of the brutal treatment dealt out in the 'Shock-Shop'. Randle vows to fight one-man battle against the institution, risking losing the respect of the inmates, his life and chances of freedom. The ensuing power struggle between Randle and Nurse Ratched results in a suicide, a murder and a liberation.

(NOTE: Also on offer - Cuckoo Comedy Nights: Christian Slater, Mackenzie Crook and the cast of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" are live and unleashed when the inmates take over the stage for late night comedy shows. Saturday evenings: 30 October, 13 & 27 November : Time:10.30 - 11.30 pm)

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