One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest May 2006

Upon arrival at a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients together to take on the oppressive Nurse Ratched, a woman more a dictator than a nurse.

In 1959 the author of Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey volunteered to be a subject in experiments with hallucinogenic drugs. Near the end of the experiments, he began working the night shift in a mental ward and started to feel that the patients were not really crazy after all, just more individualised than society was willing to accept. Parts of his novel were written while he was under the influence of LSD and peyote.

In 1975 the movie won 5 Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Jack Nicholson) and Best Picture.


Randle P McMurphy – Don McKay

Nurse Ratched – Maxine Evans

Chief Bromden – George Kelly

Harding – Simon Ockenden

Scanlon – Lol Smith

Cheswick – Ian Francis

Martini – Keith Popely

Billy Bibbett – Jason Chamberlin

Nurse Flynn – Sylvie Townsend

Dr Spivey – Brendan Sheppard

Candy Starr – Gayle Dabney

Sandi – Lucy Knight

Warren – Matt Rivers

Williams – Mike Delany

Ruckley – Richard Fitt



Director – Isobella Coleman

Production Manager – Don McKay

Publicity – Richard Fitt, Christine Suggars

Programme – Isobella Coleman

Lighting – Chris Glenton

Sound – Scott Andrews

Logo & Poster Design – Simon Webb

Front Of House – Members of VAMPS & The St Neots Players

Box Office – St Neots Priory Centre