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Originally written in 1977, The Elephant Man is a tragic drama based on the life of John Merrick, a man who lived in late 19th Century London and was known for his extremely deformed body. It tells of the confrontation between Merrick, whose deformity has led him to become a traveling freak show performer, and a young surgeon named Frederick Treves. Treves becomes intrigued by Merrick’s disorder, and decides not only to study his physiognomy, but also educate him on religion so that he can lead a “normal life.” What ensues is a struggle of conscience not only for Merrick, but ultimately for Treves.
Noteworthy Dates For The Show Previews Begin: 11/07/14
Show Opens: 12/07/14
Show Closes: 02/15/15
Number of Performances: 8 Shows per week
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What Is THE ELEPHANT MAN Like?
The play is remarkable in that Merrick’s deformities, though agreed to be incredibly severe, are conveyed without the use of any prosthetics or intense stage make-up. Rather, it is the actor’s job to portray the acuteness of the abnormality through physicality alone. In the 2014 revival, the role of John Merrick is played by the Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper performing in his second ever Broadway production, and the role of Frederick Treves is played by Alessandro Nivola. Merrick’s romantic interest, Mrs. Kendal, is played by Patricia Clarkson. The show is directed by Scott Ellis, who has previously graced Broadway with such productions as The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Harvey, Curtains, and The Little Dog Laughed.
Is THE ELEPHANT MAN Good for Kids?
With its themes of deformity, cruelty, and injustice, the play may be frightening for children under the age of 12. Furthermore, there is a fair amount of sexual content. Producers have not announced the official policies for admitting children into the show. Children under the age of 4 are not allowed in the theatre.
Cast Members In 'The Elephant Man':
Bradley Cooper - John Merrick
Alessandro Nivola - Dr. Fredrik Treves
Patricia Clarkson - Mrs. Kendal
Director: Scott Ellis
Scenic/Projection Designer: Timothy R. Mackabee
Costume Designer: Clint Ramos
Sound Designer: Drew Levy
Lighting Designer: Philip S. Rosenberg
Parking For This Theatre: The closest parking garage for the Booth Theatre is located at:
Champion Parking On West 45
251 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
Quik Park Garage
303 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea.
A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.