Despite Troubles, Slater Cuckoo's Nest to Transfer to West End

News   Despite Troubles, Slater Cuckoo's Nest to Transfer to West End The Edinburgh Festival production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has recovered from its assorted maladies. Following director Guy Masterson’s withdrawal for personal reasons, Terry Johnson took the reins. And star Christian Slater’s bout of chicken pox seems to be over with performances now going ahead as scheduled. This means that its September West End transfer will go ahead as announced, especially after some fine reviews.

In his early career film star Christian Slater was often compared to Jack Nicholson, and he's now inherited the older actor’s legendary 1975 movie role as McMurphy in this stage production of Ken Kesey’s play. It may mark Slater’s Edinburgh and London debut, but Slater has appeared on Broadway several times, from his 1980 debut in The Music Man to his 1998 stint in Side Man. The last time the show was produced in London, at the Barbican Theatre, Gary Sinise played McMurphy. But there are a couple more big names in this Cuckoo's cast, including Frances Barber and the co-star of TV hit “The Office,” Mackenzie Crook. Barber plays nasty Nurse Ratched, Crook is Billy Bibbitt.

The cast also features Stephen K. Amos, David Calvitto, Ian Coppinger, Adrian Hope, Katherine Jakeways, Dave Johns, Owen O’Neill, Phil Nichol, Lucy Porter, Gavin Robertson and Lizzie Roper. Designs are by Katy Tuxford. Max Weitzenhoffer, Ian Lenegan and Nica Burns for Theatreshare produce.

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