One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by  Ken Kesey, Dale Wasserman

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  13m, 4f

Dale Wasserman's award-winning adaptation of Ken Kesey's acclaimed novel. 

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

by  Ken Kesey Dale Wasserman

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    13m, 4f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades


    Tony, From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • UIL Approved
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Kirk Douglas played on Broadway as a charming rogue who contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather than in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet. He quickly takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the World Series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. For one offense, the head nurse has him submit to shock treatment. The party is too horrid for her and she forces him to submit to a final correction: a frontal lobotomy. 
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  • Winner! 2001 Tony® Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play
    Winner! Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play


"Cuckoo is captivating." - N.Y. Post.

"Scarifying and powerful." - N.Y. Times.

"Funny, touching, and exciting." - N.Y. Daily News.

"Brilliant. The stuff of great theatre." - WQR Radio.

"Transforms the audience into one wild cheering section." - WNYC Radio.

"One of the finest, most meaningful and most moving play of recent times." - WPIX TV.


Javaad Alipoor on directing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Cathy Thomas
February 13, 2019




Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £85 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)


13m, 4f
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Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey

Dale Wasserman

Dale Wasserman wrote for theater, television and film for more than 50 years and is best known for the musical Man of La Mancha, a multiple Tony Award winner. He also wrote the stage play One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, b ...

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