Please Note – Reduced capacity and socially distanced seating for our Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening performances of this production.
Boisterous, ribald and ultimately shattering, One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest is the unforgettable story of a mental hospital and its inhabitants. When a brash new inmate arrives, the rigid program of the ward, headed by the tyrannical Nurse Ratched, is thrown up for grabs.
In a world where sanity means conformity and following the rules is the only way to survive, One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nestis a powerful exploration of both the beauty and the danger of being an original.
Volatile and dark, humorous, thought-provoking and with strong language, this play (based on the classic 1962 novel by Ken Kesey and the 1972 film starring Jack Nicholson, which won five major Academy awards) is a true cult classic and will be an unforgettable evening at Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, performed by The Garrick Ensemble.
WARNING – this production contains strong language and adult themes.
The Garrick Ensemble is a company of 18 – 30 year old aspiring actors from Greater Manchester and Cheshire who perform one production each year as part of the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse Main House Season. The production will be directed by Artistic Director Joseph Meighan.
The Garrick Ensemble aims to make theatre that is fresh, innovative and exciting.
See the very best of local, up and coming talent before they move forward in the next stages of their careers in the Arts.
5 Star Review from Rick Bowen at Stagestruck
WHEN the criminal Randle Patrick Mc Murphy is admitted to a cheerless psychiatric
hospital, he doesn’t simply rock the boat.
He capsizes it.
This American classic, from the pen of Ken Kesey, has lost none of its power to
shock, move or captivate in a stage adaptation that certainly succeeds in capturing
the spirit of the original, rather wonderful novel.
Mc Murphy, in a bid to avoid a jail sentence, pleads insanity and ends up in a grim
institution presided over by one of contemporary literature’s most horrendous
baddies, the notorious Nurse Ratched.
She hides behind a veneer of care and compassion. In reality of course, she has no
concept of either is particularly cruel to the stammering Billy, knowing exactly which
buttons to press when it comes to making him feel guilty when this sad and
sympathetic character has a glimpse of normality courtesy of the rebellious new
arrival Mc Murphy.
In him she finds a formidable adversary, as he reminds his fellow patients what it
feels like to live again, organising a number of events that fly in the face of the
hospital’s draconian rules. For those of you who are new to this tale I won’t be a
party pooper. Let me just say Mc Murphy’s antics lead to a number of unforgettable
scenes on the Garrick stage.
Director Joe Meighan must have thought all his birthdays had come at once when
Joseph Morgan auditioned for the role of Randle P Mc Murphy. Morgan brings a
freshness and an individuality to the part immortalised on the big screen by the
legendary Jack Nicholson.
Matthew Spilsbury is simply outstanding as the towering Chief Bromden, offering us
a heart breaking reminder of the appalling treatment meted out to the native
Americans in ‘the land of the free.’
Returning to Ratched, I really admire Madeleine Healey for the way she resisted the
temptation to take the pantomime villainess route when playing the role and I
challenge anyone not to be moved by the scene with Billy – an excellent Charlie
Gallagher – in which she crushes him by re-visiting the character’s innate sense of
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is yet another triumph for this theatre’s dynamic
and exciting young actors group, the Garrick Ensemble.
This a production not to be missed. Boy, how I wish I could write like Ken Kesey.
Flawless – in every respect.
Tickets are available from 0161 928 1677 or www.altrinchamgarrick.co.uk. Star
rating – *****
Photo – Martin Ogden
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