Hollywood’s Bradley Cooper brings The Elephant Man to London

Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man (Broadway casting). Images Joan Marcus
Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man (Broadway casting). Images Joan Marcus

Hollywood superstar Bradley Cooper is bringing his acclaimed New York production of The Elephant Man to London’s West End this spring.

Following a highly-acclaimed, recorded-breaking run on Broadway, it is now confirmed that Scott Ellis’ production of Bernard Pomerance’s classic play will transfer to The Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

The US cast, led by Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola will all cross the pond for the London run.

Elephant Man, TheBooth Theatre

Bradley Cooper is currently Oscar nominated for Best Actor and, as a Producer, Best Picture for the film American Sniper.

His performance in the role saw him win Best Actor in an Action Movie at the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards recently.

Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit.

When the renowned Dr Treves takes Merrick under his care, he is astonished by the man’s brilliant intelligence, unshakable faith and, most of all, his resounding desire for love and understanding.

He introduces Merrick to the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal, who is deeply touched by this pure and genuine soul.

As a complex friendship blossoms among the three, Treves and Kendal struggle to protect Merrick from a world of questionable intentions.

Said Bradley Cooper: “Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London.

“I’m honoured that Alessandro, Patricia, the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story.”

Full cast: Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola, Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, and Henry Stram.

The cast also includes Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne.

The production will play for a strictly limited season, with a first preview on May 19 and a final performance on August 8.

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