The Marvellous Elephant Man – The Musical comes to The Entertainment Quarter

The Marvellous Elephant Man: Australia’s Most Electrifying New Musical Comedy is Set to Steal the Spotlight at Sydney Fringe Festival 2023!

Prepare to be blown away by sensational The Marvellous Elephant Man!  Australia’s hottest new musical comedy is coming to Sydney exclusively for Sydney Fringe Festival this September – fresh from an extraordinary run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe, stealing hearts from sold-out crowds and rave 5-star reviews from critics.

Sydney, brace yourselves, now it’s your turn! 

The Marvelous Elephant Man is playing at the iconic Sydney Spiegeltent, the jewel in the crown of Sydney Fringe’s new entertainment playground Spiegeltent Festival Garden at the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. This glorious Big Top is coming to EQ, bringing all the splendour and razzle-dazzle to audiences for this absolutely must-see show.

Described by Beat as The Book of Mormon meets Beauty and the Beast, which is both brilliant and hilarious, the show goes on sale today as a headline event for Sydney Fringe and will sell out so grab your tickets quick.  

From humble sideshow freak to the toast of London’s high society, the Marvelous Elephant Man follows the hilarious, outrageous and shocking true story (with a touch of artistic licence), of Joseph Merrick, better known as the Elephant Man. An outcast that survived circus ‘freak shows’ and the revulsion of a gawking public for years until a young doctor offered him asylum at the London Hospital in 1879.

This irreverent, hysterical, and surprisingly heartwarming send-up of freakshows, the human condition, and classic musical theatre treats audiences to the gripping tale of an unlikely hero who’s  forced to face his greatest fears to rescue his one true love.

Busting with a collective powerhouse of prolific talent from an internationally acclaimed group of producers and performers, The Marvelous Elephant Man Producer-Director,  award-winning film director Chris Mitchell promises Sydney a must-see night of electrifying entertainment.

“Hold on tight, Sydneysiders, because this dark, yet hilarious musical will leave you soaring with joy, feeling inspired, and definitely craving more!” he said. 

“As the Sydney Spiegeltent and Sydney Fringe Festival sets the stage for a best-ever night out we can promise audiences a theatrical feast for the senses, astonishing choreography, awe-inspiring set design, and the unmatched brilliance of an internationally acclaimed ensemble of performers. Get ready to experience extraordinary!” he said.

★★★★★ In Daily               ★★★★★ Stage Whispers               ★★★★★ Beat Magazine

★★★★★ The Advertiser ★★★★★ The AU Review               ★★★★★ Glam Adelaide

★★★★★ ABC Adelaide ★★★★★ Canberra Critics Circle ★★★★★ Barefoot Review

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Dates: 31 August – 8 October 2023

Venue: Sydney Spiegeltent, Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park NSW 2021

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The Directors

About Guy Masterson:

Globally acclaimed as a solo performer, Guy Masterson began directing in 1991 and has since directed 40 more shows. Over 27 consecutive seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe since 1994, Masterson has presented over 140 shows and directed several of its most celebrated hits: Adolf; 12 Angry Men – which smashed all box office records, and received Edinburhg’s most prestigious prize – The Jack Tinker ‘Spirit of Fringe’ Award among several others. 

About Chris HF Mitchell:

Chris Mitchell is a Melbourne-based entrepreneur, major art grant recipient, graduate of 16th Street Actors Studio and founding partner of the brand-new Northcote Theatre. He is also an accomplished filmmaker, with award-winning short films and featurettes screened at international festivals including Fantastic Fest, Snow Dance, Melbourne Underground Film Festival, Tokyo International Short Film Festival and many more. The venue he founded and creatively directed – Red Bennies – won multiple Melbourne Fringe awards, including best venue, and served as an Australian hub for global artists.

About The Marvellous Elephant Man The Musical:

The Marvellous Elephant Man The Musical is a captivating theatrical production that tells the extraordinary story of Joseph Merrick. Inspired by true events, this enchanting show combines humour, emotion, and powerful performances to explore themes of compassion, inner beauty, and acceptance. Having garnered critical acclaim and standing ovations at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2022, The Marvellous Elephant Man The Musical is set to mesmerize audiences at the Sydney Fringe Festival.

About Sydney Fringe Festival:

The Sydney Fringe Festival is the largest independent arts festival in New South Wales with over 450 events presented in over 70 venues across Greater Sydney each year. Each September emerging artists and culture creators from all over the city join forces with us to share Sydney’s stories presenting new work from all genres. Outside of festival time, we advocate for artists, agitate for change and activate unused space creating new cultural infrastructure and precincts.

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