"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" starring Christian Slater at the Gielgud from 3 Sep 2004

"One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" starring Christian Slater at the Gielgud from 3 Sep 2004

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, By Dale Wasserman, based on the Novel by Ken Kesey, opens at the Gielgud Theatre 16 Sep 2004, following previews from from 3 Sep 2004, and booking to 4 Dec 2004, starring Christian Slater as 'R.P. McMurphy' .

Booking is now open!!

(Before its West End run the play is at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh in Aug 2004).

It is produced by Nica Burns for Theatreshare, Max Weitzenhoffer and Ian Lenagan. Guy Masterson was to direct, but pulled out at last minute because of personal reasons. The new director is Terry Johnson. It has 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

Christian Slater Broadway credits includes "Macbeth", and recently "Sideman". His many film roles include "The Name of the Rose", "Heathers", "True Romance", "Untamed Heart", "Broken Arrow", "Pump Up The Volume", "Bed of Roses", "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and "Interview with the Vampire". Slater will soon be seen in "Churchill: The Hollywood Years" directed by Peter Richardson.

Frances Barber's London stage credits include "Insignificance" at the Donmar in 1995; "Uncle Vanya" at the Albery in 1996; "Closer" at the Lyric in 1998; "Closer To Heaven" at the Arts in 2001; and "Tales from the Vienna Woods" at the Olivier NT in 2003.

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.

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