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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    4 – 27 Aug

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

Season 2017

The Real and Imagined History of The Elephant Man

4 – 27 AUGUST 2017

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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    4 – 27 Aug

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

*** This production has been playlisted for VCE Theatre Studies (Unit 4) ***

PEOPLE ARE ONLY FRIGHTENED OF WHAT THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND.

Joseph Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man, is cast out. He survived circus ‘freak shows’ and the revulsion of a gawking public for years until a young doctor offered him asylum at the London Hospital in 1879.

So began a life of endless observation. But curiosity works both ways, and Merrick returned the horrified gaze of Victorian punters and nurses with wonder and optimism.

Starring Mark Leonard Winter (The Dressmaker, Thyestes) as Joseph Merrick, this story has inspired multiple theatrical adaptations, novels and a film by David Lynch. Now the team behind Malthouse Theatre’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, director Matthew Lutton and playwright Tom Wright, reunite to create a poignant new work that uncovers empathy in a world that rejects difference.

Weaving through a carnival of hospitals, the circus and the public arena, The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man is a profoundly moving story about the radical power of compassion.

LUTTON’S APTITUDE FOR RAISING THE ADRENALINE AND WIDENING THE EYES 
IS IMPRESSIVE.

– LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE
 (FOR PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK)

BY / Tom Wright
DIRECTION / Matthew Lutton
CAST INCLUDES / Paula Arundell, Julie Forsyth, Emma J Hawkins & 
Mark Leonard Winter

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /
 Marg Horwell
LIGHTING DESIGN / Paul Jackson
COMPOSITION & SOUND DESIGN / Jethro Woodward

Season Pass Ticket Prices

ALL PERFORMANCES
Standard / $50
Senior / $45
Concession / $40 
Under 30s & Students / $30

Single Ticket Prices

IN SEASON
Standard / $69
Senior / $64
Concession / $49 
Under 30s & Students / $35

PREVIEW
Standard / $59
Senior / $54
Concession / $45 
Under 30s & Students / $35

Special Performances

PREVIEWS
7.30pm, Friday 4 August
7.30pm, Saturday 5 August
6.30pm, Monday 7 August
6.30pm, Tuesday 8 August

OPENING NIGHT
7.30pm, Wednesday 9 August

TIME TO TALK
6.30pm, Tuesday 15 August

Education Tickets

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PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Metro School Students / $24.50
Non-Metro School Students / $22.50
Accompanying Teachers (up to 2 per group) / FREE
Additional Teachers and Adults / $40 per ticket

Education Performances

VCE Playlisted 2017: Unit 4 Theatre Studies

POST SHOW FORUM PERFORMANCES
12.30pm, Thursday 17 August
12.30pm, Thursday 24 August

DESIGN PRESENTATION (sold separately)
5pm, Wednesday 16 August

On the blog

Artist Announcement / Marg Horwell Resident Artist 2017

We're delighted to announce Marg Horwell joins us as our 2017 Resident Designer

Key image photography by Zan Wimberley.