The Elephant Man to be performed in Bristol

PUBLISHED: 15:05 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:08 11 June 2018

Jamie Beddard will star as The Elephant Man.

Jamie Beddard will star as The Elephant Man.


A story about a travelling freak show put on display for baying Victorian audiences will be performed in Bristol this month.

The Elephant Man will be at Bristol Old Vic in King Street at various times from June 26 to July 7.

The Elephant Man was a cruel nickname given to one person with a disfigurement in the 19th century.

The main role of Joseph Merrick, who comes across a London surgeon faced with a moral dilemma – to help or use him to further his scientific career – will be played by disabled actor Jamie Beddard.

Jamie will work alongside 2018 graduates from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

He said: “Merrick is also a really iconic part for a disabled performer.

“In the past, the role of Merrick has been performed by non-disabled actors, which is really bizarre.

“It is time to reclaim The Elephant Man.”

Tickets, priced £7.50-31.50, are available online or on 01179 877877.

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