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The Elephant Man

Season 2 2018: 24 May to 9 June 2018

(Matinees Sun 27 May, Sun 3 June and Sat 9 June.)

The Elephant Man A play by Bernard Pomerance, Directed by Chris Shaw.

By special arrangement with Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd

This is the true story of an orphan named John Merrick, who was so physically deformed that he became known as the “Elephant Man.” Despite his hideous deformities, Merrick was an incredibly sweet, sensitive and intelligent human being, forced to display himself as a “sideshow freak” in travelling shows. He is found, and befriended, by a brilliant surgeon, who gives him a home in a London hospital for the remaining few years of his life. There he becomes the toast of Victorian London’s high society, but his thirst for normality brings about his eventual demise. A thoroughly moving and thoughtful play, which addresses the simple issue of what it means to be human.

“Congratulations on an excellent production. We have been subscribers for a few years and always enjoy your performances. However this one stood out for the acting, particularly of the main characters, the handling of the complex social and emotional issues and the quality of the costumes and sets.” -Season Ticket Holders.


John Merrick

Frederick Treves

F.C. Carr Gomm / Scottish Gentleman

Ross / Lord John / Will

Bishop Walsham How / Snork / Pinhead Manager / English Policeman

Mrs Kendal / 1st Pinhead / Day Nurse

Nurse Sandwich / 2nd Pinhead / Princess Alexandra

Duchess / 3rd Pinhead / Nurse Ireland / Flower girl

Belgian Policeman / Orderly / Businessman

Belgian Policeman / The town fool / Doctor / Waiter / Orderly




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Assisted by Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company Volunteers

Acknowledgements: Heidelberg Theatre Company for the loan of costumes. Harry Milward for designing and making of the hood and cloak.

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