One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Length: 2h 40 min
Performed in English.
Masquerade Theatre Company
ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST
By Dale Wasserman
Adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey
Masquerade Theatre Company opens the drama season at Teatru Manoel this year with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
A charming anti-authoritarian criminal, Randle P. McMurphy, is transferred to a mental institution for evaluation. Although he does not show any signs of mental illness, he contrives a plan to avoid hard labour and serve the rest of his sentence in a more relaxed hospital environment rather than in a prison. McMurphy’s ward is run by steely, unyielding Nurse Mildred Ratched, who employs subtle humiliation, unpleasant medical treatments and a mind-numbing daily routine to suppress the patients.
Upon McMurphy’s arrival he finds the patients are more fearful of Ratched than they are focussed on becoming functional in the outside world. McMurphy, determined to prove to the other patients that they can make it on the outside, find themselves in a battle of wills to see who will crack first.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was the winner of the Tony Award for Outstanding Revival in 2001. The New York Times proclaimed it “one of the finest, most meaningful and most moving plays of recent times. It is the stuff of great theatre; brilliant and powerful”.
“This is an iconic story that has found success as a novel, stage production and an Oscar winning film. It has touched the hearts and minds of audiences and readers for over 50 years”, says director Stephen Oliver. “The play is a powerful commentary on the institutional process and the fragility and strength of the human mind”.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest runs at Teatru Manoel from 16th to 18th October and 23rd to 25th October at 8pm. Booking is now open.
UK director Stephen Oliver (Festen, Butterflies are Free) has assembled a stellar cast with Alan Paris as McMurphy and Alexandra Camilleri Warne as Nurse Ratched. Also cast are Victor DeBono, Joe Depasquale, Andre Agius, Michael Mangion, Renato Dimech, Dominic Said, Colin Willis, Rebecca Camilleri, Rambert Attard, Gianni Selvaggi, Christina Frendo, Nathan Alakkad, Peter Busutill, Emma Micallef, Franco Sciberras and Albert Scalpello. Set design is by Aldo Moretti.