Go Cuckoo for Electric Theatre show
March 14, 2012
Winner of the five major Academy Awards for the 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is brought to the Electric Theatre stage by Pranksters Theatre Company from Wednesday to Saturday March 28 to 31.
In their 35th year of performing in Guildford, Pranksters Theatre Company who adopted their name from The Merry Pranksters group formed by Ken Kesey are going back to their roots, presenting this memorable story that left an indelible mark on literature, theatre and film.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest initially took flight as the iconic novel written by Ken Kesey in 1962 and was adapted for the stage one year later by Tony Award-winning writer Dale Wasserman. This is an unforgettable story of the inhabitants of an Oregon mental institution, where the patients are managed with an unbending routine of mind-numbing drugs and group therapy.
The arrival of RP McMurphy, a swaggering, fun-loving serial criminal, determined to bring defiance, laughter and liberation to his fellow patients, changes all of that.
In this clinical and ordered world however, no one can challenge the laws of the institution; defiance will not be tolerated and obedience is the only way to survive.
In contrast to the film, the play has an ensemble cast of 15, where every patient has his own back-story, presenting a genuine and touching insight into why each accept his fate without question.
Dark and poignant, yet interspersed with great humour, this thought-provoking play explores the treatment of mental illness and the challenge against individuality and promises to be a captivating and memorable evening for all.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is supporting the Time to Change campaign by the mental health charity MIND.
Age restriction is 14+. Tickets are £12.50 full or £10.50 concessions and are available from the Electric Theatre box office on 01483 444789.
Tickets can also be bought online at www.electrictheare.co.uk. For more on the theatre company visit www.pranksterstheatre.org.uk.