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By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Sanford Robbins
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts



The moving tale of John Merrick, a passionate, artistic soul trapped in a body hideously disfigured by a horrifying rare disease. Named the “Elephant Man” in a touring freak show, he is rescued by a renowned surgeon and becomes the unlikely toast of London society.  A poignant look at disability, intolerance, and the gift of kindness, this Tony award winning play retains its power to shake us to our depths.


This production runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. The production contains theatrical haze and brief nudity.



"...finely tuned performance, imbued with the grace and wit attributed to the real Merrick." Read More

The News Journal|Gail Obenreder

"Gotch plays Merrick with a simple wisdom and patience that's almost childlike, though his intelligence and wit peek through..." Read More

Broad Street Review|Mark Cofta

"So poignant. So beautiful." Read More

Broadway World|Greer Firestone


​Thur. Mar. 2 ​7:30 p.m. ​Preview
​Fri. ​Mar. 3 ​7:30 p.m. ​Preview
​Sat. ​Mar. 4 7:30p.m. ​Opening
​Sun. ​Mar. 5 ​2:00 p.m.
​Thur. ​Mar. 9 ​7:30 p.m. ​Post-show talkback with the cast
​Fri. Mar. 10 ​7:30 p.m.
​Sat. ​Mar. 11 ​2:00 p.m. ​Prologue (Pre-show discussion) @ 1:15 p.m.
​Sat. ​Mar. 11 ​7:30 p.m.
​Sun. Mar. 12 ​2:00 p.m.
​Wed. ​Mar. 15 ​7:30 p.m.
​Thur. ​Mar. 16 ​7:30 p.m. ​Special post-show panel
​Fri. ​Mar. 17 ​7:30 p.m. ​Post-show talkback with the cast
​Sat. Mar. 18 ​2:00 p.m.
​Sat. Mar. 18 ​7:30 p.m.
​Sun. Mar. 19 ​2:00 p.m. ​​Prologue (Pre-show discussion) @ 1:15 p.m.

Pictured (clockwise from top-left): Elizabeth Heflin, Michael Gotch; Mic Matarrese, Michael Gotch; Hassan El-Amin, Michael Gotch; Michael Gotch

REP productions are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.  The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

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Michael Gotch as John Merrick.


Stephen Pelinski, Elizabeth Heflin, and Hassan El-Amin.