One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Is Getting An Exclusive Melbourne Stage Show

By Krisinda Merhi November 5, 2019

Who's free in May, 2020? 

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest is one of the most iconic books (and films) of all time. 

And now, a stage adaptation of the beloved story is headed exclusively to Melbourne. 

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest will be brought to life by visionary director Tyran Parke for a strictly limited season from 23 May 2020 in Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne. 

Set and costume designer Dann Barber and sound designer Michael Waters, from this year’s critically acclaimed Barnum the Musical, are also on board for the production. 

In the lead role of Randle Patrick McMurphy is award-winning Australian actor, Lachy Hulme (Offspring, Beaconsfield, Romper Stomper). 

The role of McMurphy, an anarchistic ex-army vet and convicted criminal, was made famous by Jack Nicholson in the 1975 film.


An emotional rollercoaster, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest centres around a struggle for status between McMurphy and the unforgettable Nurse Ratched. A power-play between the two catapults audiences into a world of emotional button-pushing, chaos and rebellion. As we meet each patient and delve into their world, this play will both shock and delight in the most unexpected ways.

Producer Adrian Storey said:

“I’m delighted to bring One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest to Melbourne for an exclusive season in 2020. Collaborating again with Tyran Parke after Barnum the Musical is a fantastic opportunity and casting Lachy Hulme is a joy. I can’t wait to bring this classic novel to life on stage: it’s an event audiences won’t want to miss.”

Enter the asylum, take your seat and discover this timeless tale in a new and imaginative way. 

Tickets on sale from 1 November at 

Images: Supplied, Giphy / Giphy.