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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Lost Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TO MARK the 50th anniversary of the 1962 publication of Ken Kesey’s classic American novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest will play a limited season at the Lost Theatre, Vauxhall from Wednesday, March 14 to Saturday, March 31, 2012.

Jailed for the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl, anti-authoritarian Randle Patrick McMurphy is transferred to a mental institution for evaluation. Although he does not show any outward signs of mental illness, he hopes to avoid hard labour and serve the rest of his sentence in a more relaxed hospital environment.

However, his unwillingness to comply and compassion for his fellow patients make him a prime target for the fearsome Nurse Mildred Ratched, who rules with a rod of iron. The constant power struggles between McMurphy and the nurse will have life changing consequences for all the patients…

Paul Taylor-Mills directs a cast that includes Dwayne Washington, Damien Tracey, James Unsworth, Annabel Capper, Stephanie Feeney, Bradley Williams, Lee Colley, Richard Vorster, Paul Cleveland, James Murphy, Bobby Bulloch, Sean Buchanan, Francis Adams, Thomas Barron, Amy Bell, Anita Gollschewsky, Tara Quinn and Hannah Lederer.

Paul Taylor-Mills’ credits include Little Shop of Horrors (White Bear Theatre), which was nominated for four Off West End Awards, including Best Director; A Clockwork Orange (Lost Theatre); the European premiere of My Big Gay Italian Wedding (two sold-out seasons Above The Stag and C Venues, Edinburgh); and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Union Theatre), for which he received an Off West End nomination for Best Director.

My Big Gay Italian Wedding will embark on a UK tour in May.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was written after Ken Kesey spent time working the graveyard shift as an orderly at a mental health facility in Menlo Park, California. His novel was adapted into a play in 1963. A 1975 film, starring Jack Nicholson as Murphy, won all five major Academy awards – Best Picture, Actor in Lead Role, Actress in Lead Role, Director, and Screenplay.

Time Magazine included the novel in its 100 Best English-language
Novels from 1923 to 2005

Produced by Paul Taylor-Mills in association with Stage One, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is designed by David Shields and has lighting by Howard Hudson. Associate Producer is Amy Anzel.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Gallery

Tickets: £15, £12 concessions – available from the box office on 0844 847 1680 or from Ticketweb.

Time: 7.30pm.