One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the play, first premiered on Broadway in November 1963 and is based upon the novel of the same name published in 1962. As many people will know it was subsequently made into an Oscar winning film in 1975.
When Randle Patrick McMurphy gets transferred for evaluation from a prison farm to a mental institution, he assumes it will be a less restrictive environment. But the martinet Nurse Ratched runs the psychiatric ward with an iron fist, keeping her patients cowed through abuse, medication and sessions of electroconvulsive therapy. The battle of wills between the rebellious McMurphy and the inflexible Ratched soon affects all the ward's patients.