Cuckoo goes cheap
Comics stage free West End show
The comics performing in the West End smash One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest are staging a free performance next week.
This extra show will give the understudies to take on the lead roles – which means Christian Slater and Frances Barber will not be appearing.
But stand-up Phil Nichol, above, will be playing Randall P McMurphy, the rebellious mental patient made famous by Jack Nicholson, and comedy actress Katherine Jakeways, right, will be the uptight Nurse Ratched.
Jakeways said: “As Christian Slater and Frances Barber have both, luckily, had the constitutions of oxen since August, neither of us have played the roles, other than in rehearsals.
“So we're doing a special performance, with me and Phil playing McMurphy and
Ratched, the four other understudies playing parts, and the rest of the cast playing their normal roles.
“It's a good opportunity to see the show. The only difference is going to be that there'll be no movie stars in it.
Posted: 4 Jan 2005