The Elephant Man – An enlightening true story of bravery and humanity

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The extraordinary life journey of The Elephant Man will blow audiences away in a powerful, uplifting new production presented by the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch from 17 April – 9 May.

Tom Cornish (The Elephant Man, Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, 2015) 5

Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award-winning play stars members of the multi-talented

cut to the chase… company, the Queen’s professional resident ensemble of actor-musicians.

We follow the inspirational true story of the famous 19th century Londoner John Merrick – young, intelligent but famously known as The Elephant Man because of his terrible physical deformities.

Despite his intelligence and gentleness, Merrick’s shocking appearance means he is shunned by the community and forced to scrape a living as a side-show freak attraction – until even this cruel industry leaves him abandoned and helpless.

But one day, he is taken in by the celebrated doctor Frederick Treves and admitted to the prestigious London Hospital, Whitechapel. With Treves’ kindness and care, Merrick’s confidence blossoms and he is eventually introduced to Victorian society. As he slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane, witty favourite of the aristocracy and literati, does Merrick achieve his ultimate dream? Can people see beyond his monstrous facade and get to know the person within?

Don’t miss this compelling account of one man’s heroic battle for dignity, acceptance and friendship.

The Queen’s inventive new staging of The Elephant Man is directed by the Theatre’s critically-acclaimed Associate Director Simon Jessop. Underlining the play’s interwoven themes of hope and sorrow, Mr Jessop’s wonderful production atmospherically blends live theatre with film footage and features a hauntingly beautiful original soundtrack, performed live on stage by the cast.

Mr Jessop has consistently wowed Queen’s audiences and critics with his work, the most recent being Deadly Murder in February, which starred Lucy Benjamin. He also directed the unforgettable Great Gatsby last spring.

The Elephant Man features cut to the chase… actor-musicians James Earl Adair, Ellie Rose Boswell, Fred Broom, Tom Cornish, Joanna Hickman, Megan Leigh Mason and Stuart Organ. Set and costume design is by Mark Walters, musical composition and direction by Steven Markwick, lighting design by Matt Eagland, sound design by Nik Dudley and projection designs by Dan Crews.

The Elephant Man runs at the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from 17 April – 9 May. Tickets cost £12.50 – £26.50. Call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online at

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