Overview


Synopsis

The script is based upon the life of Joseph Merrick, a man so physically deformed that he became known as the “Elephant Man.” With very few options open to him, Merrick (whose first name is John in Pomerance’s play) is forced to display himself to the public in travelling sideshows. Eventually, however, he finds himself alone and destitute in London. Due to the kindness of one Dr. Frederick Treves, Merrick is soon admitted into the London Hospital for care and observation. Treves becomes determined to help Merrick lead a normal life, and Merrick soon becomes the toast of society. In the end however, John Merrick, The Elephant Man, finds that normality isn’t something he can achieve, or that he even necessarily wants.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
Tony Award ®
Best Play 1979
First Produced:
1977
Genres
Drama, Romance, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1884-1890, london, belgium
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
None
Dancing
None
Licensor:
Ideal For
professional theatre, university theatre, community theatre, high school theatre
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, late teen characters

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