The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man – the victim of rare skin and bone diseases – he becomes the star freak attraction in traveling sideshows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel Hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream – to become a man like any other.

The Elephant Man is a Wren Theatre Production

On stage until May 28. 2023

The Attic Studio and Theatre 1402 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1C9


Wren Theatre is dedicated bringing dramatic excellence to the theatre landscape, striving to breathe new life and perspectives into classic and original works. With each production, they build a community where everyone is respected, seen, heard, and empowered to bring their best creative side forward. Believing in the power of stories and characters that stay with us, and who have the ability to make us think deeper about life. Like the wren bird, they are a focused, playful, and enthusiastic group of artists who welcome change. Wren Theatre is built to evolve and grow with the people who share our passion for the arts.


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