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Chief Bromden, half American-Indian, whom the authorities believe is deaf and dumb, tells the story of a mental institution ruled by Big Nurse on behalf of the all-powerful Combine. Into the terrifying grey world comes McMurphy, a brawling gambling man, who wages total war on behalf of his cowed fellow inmates. What follows is at once hilarious and heroic, tragic and ultimately liberating. Ken Kesey's first novel was published in 1962 and was adapted for the state in 1963 by Dale Wasserman. It was produced successfully on Broadway starring Kirk Douglas and subsequently became an Oscar winning film directed by Milos Forman, starring Jack Nicholson. Joel Gillman has withdrawn from the production due to ill health.Performers Nathan Amzi, Andrew Dennis, Harry Egan (McMurphy), Clive Hayward, Tom Hodgkins, Arthur Hughes, Melissa Johns, Jenny Livsey, Mohammed Mansaray, Shaun Mason, Jeremy Proulx, Jack Tarlton, Shelley Williams, Paul Tinto (Aide Warren).
Book by Ken Kesey. Author Dale Wasserman. Producer Sheffield Theatres. Director Javaad Alipoor. Design Lucy Osborne. Lighting Johanna Town. Sound Lewis Gibson. Director Deb Pugh (movement director). Director Polly Jerrold (casting director). Director Renny Krupinski (fight director). Other Rick Lipton (dialect coach). Director Tess Monro (assistant).
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