Performances 23rd – 28th February 2009
The Billingham Players present the tale of John Merrick in all it’s technicolour glory!
The true story of Joseph ‘John’ Merrick, born with hideous physical deformities into a Victorian Britain which spurned and exploited him. The play tells of his relationship with Dr Frederick Treves who takes him in and cares for him at the London Hospital.
Treves soon finds that there is a sensitive and intelligent human spirit beneath the horrifying exterior and introduces Merrick to the great and the good of Victorian society. But is he simply exhibiting him to a new set of thrill seekers?
This touching and sensitive play garnered numerous awards both in London and New York when first produced in 1979. Very different from the famous film version with John Hurt, Merrick is portrayed with no prosthetics or make-up whatsoever.