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.