The Elephant Man

The life of John Merrick, intensely disfigured by a rare disease, who was rescued from a life as a carnival freak by a kindly doctor and patronized by actresses and royalty, is dramatized by Bernard Pomerance.

Two-time Academy Award® nominee Bradley Cooper (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) returns to Broadway in Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award®-winning classic THE ELEPHANT MAN. Directed by Tony nominee Scott Ellis, this extremely limited engagement also stars Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson ("Six Feet Under") and Alessandro Nivola(American Hustle).

Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, THE ELEPHANT MAN tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he is astonished by Merrick’s brilliant intelligence and unshakable faith. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick, especially the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson). But with his new life comes new complexity… and a "normal” existence begins to seem all but impossible.

The Elephant Man Production Image


  • Director
    Scott Ellis
  • Playwright
    Bernard Pomerance
  • Scenic and Projection Design
    Timothy Mackabee
  • Costume Design
    Clint Ramos
  • Original Music and Sound Design
    John Gromada
  • Press Representatives
    Boneau/ Bryan-Brown
  • General Managers
    101 Production, Ltd


  • John Merrick
    Bradley Cooper
  • Mrs. Kendal
    Patricia Clarkson
  • Dr. Fredrik Treves
    Alessandro Nivola
  • Ross/Bishop Walsham How
    Anthony Heald
  • Snork/Pinhead Manager/Lord John
    Scott Lowell
  • Miss Sandwich/Princess
    Kathryn Meisle
  • Carr Gomm/Conductor
    Henry Stram
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    Chris Bannow
  • NA
    Peter Bradbury
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    Lucas Calhoun
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    Eric Clem
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    Amanda Lea Mason
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    Marguerite Stimpson
  • NA
    Emma Thorne

Show Information

  • Preview Date
    November 5, 2014
  • Opening Date
    December 5, 2014
  • Closing Date
    February 13, 2015
  • Location
    The Booth Theatre
    222 West 45th Street
    New York, NY


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