The poignant play ‘The Elephant Man’ written by Bernard Pomerance, will be performed at Sheringham Little Theatre from Wednesday February 12-Saturday February 15.
Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society’s adaption of the drama is certain to make an impact with it’s strong cast.
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, played by Matt Scantelbury, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. Living with a severely disfiguring skin and bone disease, he has become 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, played by Peter Howell.
Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favourite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a man like any other.
The group, who will be celebrating their centenary, hopes to raise £500 for Changing Faces, a British charity supporting and representing children, young people and adults who have disfigurements to the face, hands or body.
The play hit cinema screens with the award wining movie version in 1980. The film was directed by David Lynch and starred John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon and Freddie Jones.
The Elephant Man was a critical and commercial success with eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor.
The show will be performed at 7.30pm each day and there will be a 2.30pm matinee show on February 15.
Tickets cost £9 for the Wednesday evening and Saturday matinee shows and £10 for other performances. To book call 01263 822347 or visit www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com.
Visit www.changingfaces.org.uk for information about the Changing Faces charity.
Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society full cast lineup
John Merrick – Matt Scantelbury
Frederick Treves – Peter Howell
Carr Gomm – Graham Blyth
Bishop – Grahame Woodrow
Ross/Man – Carl Denis
Conductor – Martin Howard
Policeman/Porter – Kirk Wills
Policeman – David Duncombe
Snork – Zac Green
Lord John – Martin Howard
Mrs Kendall – Annie Culley
Nurse Sandwich/Princess – Ruth Elliott
Countess – Madeline Hudson
Duchess – Philippa Baillie