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The Elephant Man Schedule

Get freaky this season with tickets to The Elephant Man, starring The Hangover’s Bradley Cooper. You’ll be fascinated by this tale of Joseph Merrick, a physically deformed man who was exhibited as a human curiosity in 1880’s freak shows. Poignant and telling, this period piece will leave you wanting more.

Broadway Theatre:

Booth Theatre
222 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

About the Show:

The Elephant Man premiered on Broadway in 1979, the lead role being played by notable actors like David Schofield, David Bowie, Bruce Davison, and Mark Hamill. The play is interesting because no prosthetic makeup is used to depict Joseph Merrick, but rather the actors embody his deformity through physical gestures instead. The Elephant Man was revived in 2002 on Broadway, starring Billy Crudup (Almost Famous; Watchmen) and Kate Burton (Grey’s Anatomy). Recent productions starred Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook; American Hustle) and Patricia Clarkson (The Green Mile; Shutter Island).

Plot Synopsis:

Joseph Merrick, a real-life physically deformed man from the late 1800’s, is the main character in Bernard Pomerance's Tony Award-winning The Elephant Man. Due to his appearance, he becomes a staple in a traveling freak show during which his intelligence and integrity are overlooked. A reputable doctor takes in Merrick upon discovering him in London, which brings Merrick even more attention, especially from a lovely actress. Though Merrick attempts to proceed with a normal life, he finds that he is unable as his condition only worsens.

Creative Team:

Playwright Bernard Pomerance

Director Scott Ellis

Set and Projection Designer Timothy R. Mackabee 

Costume Designer: Clint Ramos

Lighting Designer: Philip Rosenberg

Sound Designer Drew Levy

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