One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Southbank Theatre, Melbourne

  • Start Date: May 31, 2017
  • End Date: June 11, 2017

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has left an indelible mark on literature, theatre and film. It is a boisterous, ribald and ultimately devastating story of a mental hospital and its inhabitants. In a world where sanity means conformity and following the rules is the only way to survive, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a powerful exploration of the beauty and the danger of being an original.

Playwright Dale Wasserman adapted One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest from the novel by Ken Kesey; the play opened on Broadway in 1963 with Kirk Douglas as McMurphy, Ed Ames as the Chief and Gene Wilder as Billy. After opening on Broadway, The New York Times called the play “scarifying and powerful,” while New York Daily News called it “funny, touching, and exciting.” In 1975, a film version was released and it was the first film to win Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay since It Happened One Night in 1934. It remains one of only three films to have swept the top five categories at the Oscars.

Carl J. Sorheim will direct a cast of 15 dynamic actors: Michael Robins as McMurphy, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i as the Chief and Catherine Glavicic as Nurse Ratched with Natalie BondNicholas DentonJack Dixon-GunnJosh FutcherDavid GannonKostas IliasTroy LarkinStephanie LillisPaul MorrisSeton PollockAngela Scundi and Ben SofoworaOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is produced by independent theatre company Monster Media (kris&noah Drinkin’The Marvelous WonderettesPenelope Pushpump Presents).

Winner – 2001 Tony® Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play

Winner – Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play


Venue: Southbank Theatre, The Lawler, 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank

Country: Australia

Location: Victoria, Southbank


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