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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest review at Curve Leicester

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This impressive stage adaptation of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is brought to Curve by award-winning director of film, theatre and television, Michael Buffong.

Blinded by stark white lighting, Ellen Cairns’ sterile set captures the hostility of the mental institute, which plays host to Nurse Ratched’s (Catherine Russell) so-called democracy.

Michael Beckley is fantastic as the strong-willed McMurphy, gaining a new-found sense of control as he fights against the equally determined, ice-cold persona of Russell’s Nurse Ratched.

Beckley works well alongside the other patients, bringing out different aspects of McMurphy’s personality as he embraces the underlying issues of each character. He is beautifully endearing as he takes Billy Bibbit (Alexander Campbell) under his wing, yet clearly troubled by the tormented frustration of Dale Harding (Michael Bertenshaw).

Chief Bromden (Thomas Renshaw) truly captures the audience’s imagination with his tales about his Native American childhood, although his monotone drawl sometimes overshadows the intriguing narration.

A thought-provoking piece of theatre, the challenging intricacies of the plot provide plenty of scope for this experienced cast.

Production Information

Curve, Leicester, October 14-November 5

Dale Wasserman, novel by Ken Kesey
Michael Buffong
Thomas Renshaw, Howard Saddler, Sydney Smith, Catherine Russell, Rebecca Bainbridge, Michael Bertenshaw, Alexander Campbell, Tony Guilfoyle, Wayne Cater, Miltos Yerolemou, Paul Joseph, Michael Beckley, Jonathan Tafler, Grace Carter
Running time
2hrs 35mins

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