One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at the Crucible

Nurse Ratched and McMurphy. Photo by Sam Taylor
Nurse Ratched and McMurphy. Photo by Sam Taylor

Ken Kesey’s 1962 cult classic novel ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ will be played out on the Crucible’s unique stage this month from Thursday 7 to Saturday 23 June.

Sheffield Theatres’ Associate Director Javaad Alipoor will direct the definitive story, which follows convict Randle Patrick McMurphy in his endeavours at a psychiatric ward, where he has chosen to serve his prison sentence.

Alipoor, whose previous show, ‘The Believers are but Brothers’ assumed a very much modern role when audiences viewed part of the show via WhatsApp, is determined to portray Kesey’s novel in a new light. Talking to Lyn Gardner from The Independent about the upcoming performances, he said: “I’m interested in looking at the seductive nature of a certain kind of masculine rebellion that makes us complicit in particular kinds of male behaviour.”

Bringing the cult film to life on stage will be Joel Gillman (Silent Witness) as Randle Patrick McMurphy, Lucy Black (The York Realist) as Nurse Ratched and Canadian-born Jeremy Proulx as Chief Bromden.

If this has intrigued you and you’re keen to see Alipoor’s interpretation of the classic novel, tickets are available now and can be purchased from, on 0114 249 6000, or in person from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office.

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