By Christine Ehren
16 Apr 2002
Photo by Aubrey Reuben
Together they did the Dance of Death, but while Ian McKellen was busy attending the Oscars, director Sean Mathias got to work on a revival of The Elephant Man. The historically-based drama opened April 14 at the Royale Theatre.
In The Elephant Man, Crudup stars as John Merrick, a hideously-deformed circus attraction abused by his keepers and rescued by a scientist (Graves), who treats him civilly but makes him something of a faddish curiosity among the intelligentsia of Victorian England. Burton is featured as a London actress who shares a special relationship with Merrick. Mathias (Dance of Death) directs the revival, Broadway's first for the Bernard Pomerance play, which first opened at the Booth Theatre in 1979.