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Georgia Ensemble revisits dramatic true story of ‘The Elephant Man’

 

69846-ElephantMan_small-384x192This 1979 Tony Award-winning best play is based on the life of John Merrick, a 19th-century Londoner born with disfiguring skin and bone diseases who travels from freak shows to a prestigious hospital to high society. He only begins to live when he meets a celebrated physician. The drama returns to Broadway in November with Bradley Cooper as Merrick. The original play led to a 1980 film version with John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins. The nine-member Georgia Ensemble Theatre cast is led by Jonathan Horne as Merrick.

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