Scott Ellis’s acclaimed production of The Elephant Man, starring Hollywood heartthrob Bradley Cooper, is encouraging younger theatre-goers with cut price tickets.
The play begins previews at Theatre Royal Haymarket tomorrow night and the venue is selling 100 Gallery tickets per performance for £15, available to those under the age of 25-years-old.
The Elephant Man comes to London for a limited run after a hugely successful appearance on Broadway where it received four Tony Award nominations including nod for both the play and its stars Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson.
The cast remains unchanged for its London run. Cooper plays John Merrick, Patricia Clarkson is Mrs Kendal and Alessandro Nivola plays Dr Frederick Treves.
The company also includes Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne.
The production won critical acclaim when it was first produced in 2012 in Williamstown, Massachusetts by the Williamstown Theatre Festival under Jenny Gersten’s season.
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.
The Elephant Man runs at Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 19-August 8. No Performances: June 8, 25, 26, 27 and July 10/11. Additional Matinees: June 9, 23, 24 and July 7.
Bradley Cooper talks about bringing The Elephant Man to Broadway: