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The Elephant Man

Written by Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Barry Hooper

The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he becomes the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a man like any other.


Doctor Frederick Treves – Michael Bate
Mr Carr Gomm – John Penn
Ross / London Policeman / Snork – Piers Newman
Joseph (John) Merrick – Steve Hunt
Fairground Manager / Hospital porter / Lord John / Man at lecture – John Hart
Mrs Kendal – Eileen Warner
Miss Sandwich / Princess Alexandra / the Duchess – Mary Board
The Countess – Emma Stewart
The Pinheads, a Belgian side-show attraction of low intelligence – Emma Stewart, Mary Board, Eileen Warner
Bishop Walsham How / Belgian Policeman / Train conductor – Colin Bailey


Stage Managers – Eric Crichton, Leonard Huntley
Continuity – Betty Bailey
Lighting – Andy Woolliscroft
Sound – Steve Nash
Props – Sue Newman, Jo Lovell
Costumes – Marjorie Sawyer, Carole Bramall
Set Design – Christine Angell
Set Construction – Trevor Jeffries, Albert Tilbury, members of the Company
Design of the model of St.Phillip’s Church – Colin Burring, assisted by Albert Tilbury and James Lynch
Cello – Amanda Thorpe

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