The Elephant Man (2023)

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Poster by Daz Aldridge

by Bernard Pomerance

Director of the Production - Mr. Barry Hooper

Performances: Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 March 2023, Old Fire Station


Based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the 19th century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in travelling side shows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to the London Hospital in Whitechapel under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, who introduces him to London society. Merrick slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favourite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream; to become a man like any other.

Dramatis Personae

Supporters and contributors to the theatrical production of The Elephant Man


Having had the privilege of seeing the final dress of The Elephant Man, do grab a ticket before it sells out. Ever get that feeling of being on display? John Merrick does. A chilling aesthetic and strong, moving, well-rounded performances make this one to watch.

Greg Williams

Huge well done to all you Elephant men/women/thems!! Loved the show, excellent performances, you should all be very proud! Enjoy the rest of the run! #BEAD

Sarah Pearcey

Really compelling and thought-provoking production of "The Elephant Man" with excellent performances all round. So pleased I managed to catch it

Audrey Lindsay

Such a great show - beautifully grotesque staging of the circus surrounding a "monster". And who are the freaks? Grab a ticket and find out for yourself, but be quick!

Christine Theophilus

That was a very good production of The Elephant Man. The set is very imaginative and an ideal container for the play. the whole company works well together round a very sympathetic John Merrick. We know that we are also voyeurs in his very difficult life but we have paid our money and get what we hope for - a brilliant and enlightening show. Great performances all round but Joseph Merrick is superbly played

Carole Coyne

Fabulous concept of the circus, beautifully done. Great performances. Thank you for a great evening in our great theatre!

Janine Wunsche

Yes - a really great production. Loved the whole circus idea - it worked so well with the story. And fab performances. Don't miss it!

Simon Gleisner

Great staging and some wonderful performances. Don't miss out. #bead

Gareth Milton


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