Set in the 19th century, The Elephant Man follows the real Joseph Merrick, who survives a rare and extreme swelling disorder that leaves him detrimentally deformed from early childhood. After being rejected by his family, Merrick enters the workhouse and soon volunteers to become Sam Torr’s sideshow exhibit in a travelling ‘freak show’. Eventually, he is pushed back to poverty and is taken in by Doctor Frederick Treves, who begins to study Merrick’s strange disease. When Treves introduces Merrick to Mrs Kendal, a complex friendship blossoms between the three, who inevitably struggle to protect The Elephant Man from a world of dubious intentions.
Three-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, who is best-known for films such as American Sniper, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook and The Hangover Trilogy, stars as Merrick, using physicality rather than make-up to define the disease. Six Feet Under’s Patricia Clarkson plays Mrs Kendal, alongside Alessandro Nivola as Frederick Treves, who is well-known for American Hustle and The Winslow Boy. Further cast members include Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram, Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne.
The Elephant Man is directed by six-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), with design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Clint Ramos, original music and sound design by John Gromada and lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg. A unique and heart-warming story, The Elephant Man travels into the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season.
Recommended forFans of Bradley Cooper will enjoy seeing him in this grounded role. The Elephant Man is only suitable for those aged 12 and up.
Age Recommendations: Recommended for 12+