Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 19th Century
Settings Of Play - 1884-1890. London. One scene is in Belgium.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Cutting Approved for Competition, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Tony, From Broadway
WINNER -1979 Tony® Award for Best PlayWINNER -2015 Drama Desk Award, Best Revival of a PlayNOMINEE -2015 4 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a PlayNOMINEE -2015 Drama League Award, Best Revival of a PlayNOMINEE -2015 5 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Best Revival of a Play
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London's prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a man like any other.
"Pomerance's tale showcases the triumph of a very human spirit, personified by the sensitive, almost saintly Merrick."-Associated Press, Read More
"It is nevertheless a spectacular delivery system for bravura performances." Vulture, Read More
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The Elephant Man was produced on Broadway at The Booth Theatre, on April 22, 1979.