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BOVTS The Elephant Man

26/06/2018 - 07/07/2018

BOVTS: The Elephant Man

BOVTS | Drama

Bristol Old Vic

By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Lee Lyford

Joseph Merrick is ‘The Elephant Man’. The sordid spectacle of a travelling freak show, he moves from city to city, mercilessly put on display to the horrified delight of Victorian audiences. A London surgeon also takes a keen interest, but is soon faced with a moral dilemma – to help Merrick or to use him to advance his scientific career?

Inspired by the extraordinary life of a man with a facial disfigurement, Bernard Pomerance’s multi-award-winning play explores changes in perception. Merrick’s story was also recognised in David Lynch’s film starring John Hurt.

Our ongoing partnership with Bristol Old Vic is further developed into a three-way collaboration with its new Associate Company, Diverse City, which is committed to diversity and equality in the arts. Its Co-Artistic Director Jamie Beddard (Messiah) will star in this ambitious new production, directed by Lee Lyford (The Snow Queen).