The Elephant Man Summary

  • The Elephant Man is 2 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: November 7, 2014
  • Opens December 7, 2014
  • Show Closed: February 15, 2015

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.

The Elephant Man on Broadway Background

In this 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.

What’s The Elephant Man Like?

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. 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.

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.

Theatre Information

Booth Theatre

222 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 783
Entrance: 45th Street, between 7th and 8th Ave
Theatre Information

Booth Theatre Seating Chart

The Elephant Man Marquee

The Elephant Man Marquee

Cast Members

John Merrick
Bradley Cooper
Dr. Fredrik Treves
Alessandro Nivola
Mrs. Kendal
Patricia Clarkson

Producers

James L. Nederlander

Production Credits

Director
Scott Ellis
Scenic + Projection Designer
Timothy R. Mackabee
Costume Designer
Clint Ramos
Sound Designer
Drew Levy
Lighting Designer
Philip S. Rosenberg
Author
Bernard Pomerance

Creative Team

General Manager
101 Productions
Casting Director
Calleri Casting
Press Agent
Boneau Bryan-Brown