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Updated: 04/30/2014 08:00:02AM

Venice Theatre presents touching drama based on John Merrick’s life

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Tickets for The Elephant Man and all Venice Theatre productions through June 2014 are available at the box office at 941-488-1115 or online at www.venicestage.com. Subscriptions are also on sale now for the upcoming 2014-2015 Season. Venice Theatre is located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. on the island in Venice.

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A new production of “The Elephant Man,” the 1979 Tony Award-winning drama by Bernard Pomerance, opened on Venice Theatre’s MainStage Tuesday, April 29, and runs through Sunday, May 11.

Based on the life of John Merrick, who was severely disfigured, The Elephant Man focuses on Merrick’s transformation from a freak show curiosity to a friend of 19th century London’s aristocracy.

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