Children ran from him in terror. Royals came to shake his hand. A century later, Michael Jackson offered a million dollars for his bones. This most unusual man's name was John Merrick and playwright Bernard Pomerance tells his story in the Tony Award-winning play, The Elephant Man
. His body extremely deformed by a mysterious ailment, Merrick was shunned by most of Victorian society. Taken into the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London's upper crust. Slowly he evolves from a despised freak into an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy, only to be denied his dream of becoming "normal" when his condition and appearance worsen. Tim Spears (Amadeus
, Mister Roberts
) returns to the New Repertory Theatre to star as Merrick in this heartbreaking - and eye-opening - story.
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