One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is English Theatre Utrecht’s production for February 2020.

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Dates and tickets

You can see the play on the following dates:

  • Saturday 8th of February 2020. Doors open at 19:00, performance starts at 19:30.
  • Sunday 9th of February 2020. Doors open at 14:30, performance starts at 15:00


Please note that due to the nature of the performance it is not possible to enter after the play has started.


The play will be performed at Buurthuis de Weide Wereld in Vleuten.

Buurthuis de Weide Wereld
Teunisbloemlaan 48
3452 CB Vleuten

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About One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a well-known story based on the 1962 Ken Kesey book. Shortly after it was adapted for the stage by Dale Wasserman. It tells a complex story of institutional processes and the human mind, as well as a critique of behaviorism and a tribute to individualistic principles.



The original novel was written in 1959 in the midst of the civil rights movement and deep changes to the way psychology and psychiatry were being approached in America. The 1960s began the controversial movement towards deinstitutionalization, an act that would have affected the characters in the book.

The novel stems from the author’s experiences working the graveyard shift as an orderly at a mental health facility in California. Not only did he speak to the patients and witness the workings of the institution; he also voluntarily took psychoactive drugs like mescaline and LSD for Project MKUltra. This project was very controversial, and with good reason. It was a program where experiments on humans were intended to identify and develop drugs and procedures to be used in interrogations in order to weaken the individual and force confessions through mind control. It’s clear that some of his experiences made their way into the story.


Our adaptation

Today, there are more people talking about their mental health and about therapy than sixty years ago. Treatments are more humane and there’s less of a stigma. While the story has some forward thinking, it is still quite clearly a product of its time. Seeing the play in its original form will hopefully make you contemplate how far we’ve come since.

We did want to give it a bit of a modern spin that fit our style. We wanted to get a varied group of individuals together and prefer to cast for how well an actor embodies a role, as opposed to their cultural background or gender. This led to an eclectic cast that will figuratively pull you into the asylum with them to get a better look.


Randie P. McMurphy

Kristina Goodnight

Chief Bromden

Yaron Caspi

Nurse Ratched

Diana Jones

Billy Bibbit

Daniël den Heijer

Dale Harding

Maarten Stolk

Dr. Spivey

Alexander Hoppe

Aide Warren

Amber van der Graaf

Aide Williams

Martin Solognier

Nurse Flinn

Virginia Palomares Cabeza


José Cortes


Helen Absalom


Max Philippi

Ruddy / Candy Starr

Julia Landau

Aide Turkle / Technician

Jasper Landman

Sandra / Rawler

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