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Theatre Royal Haymarket

Hollywood star Bradley Cooper makes his London debut in a revival of Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award-winning The Elephant Man, which follows the real story of Joseph Merrick, who suffered from severe deformities since childhood. Becoming part of a ‘freak show’, The Elephant Man is a unique and heart-wrenching tale of love, friendship and entertainment.

Bradley Cooper receives his West End debut in a transfer of Broadway’s highly-acclaimed, box-office smash-hit The Elephant Man, set to open at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket. An extraordinary drama based on the true story of Joseph Merrick, this revival of Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award-winning The Elephant Man charts the journey of a disfigured man who becomes part of a travelling ‘freak show’ circuit.

Set in the 19th century, The Elephant Man follows the real Joseph Merrick, who survives a rare and extreme swelling disorder that leaves him detrimentally deformed from early childhood. After being rejected by his family, Merrick enters the workhouse and soon volunteers to become Sam Torr’s sideshow exhibit in a travelling ‘freak show’. Eventually, he is pushed back to poverty and is taken in by Doctor Frederick Treves, who begins to study Merrick’s strange disease. When Treves introduces Merrick to Mrs Kendal, a complex friendship blossoms between the three, who inevitably struggle to protect The Elephant Man from a world of dubious intentions.

Three-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, who is best-known for films such as American Sniper, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook and The Hangover Trilogy, stars as Merrick, using physicality rather than make-up to define the disease. Six Feet Under’s Patricia Clarkson plays Mrs Kendal, alongside Alessandro Nivola as Frederick Treves, who is well-known for American Hustle and The Winslow Boy. Further cast members include 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 Elephant Man is directed by six-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), with design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Clint Ramos, original music and sound design by John Gromada and lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg. A unique and heart-warming story, The Elephant Man travels into the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season.

Sorry this show closed 01 December 2015, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
01 Dec 2015 - 01 Dec 2015
Running time:
1 hour and 55 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Recommended for 12+
Audience Notes:
Fans of Bradley Cooper will enjoy seeing him in this grounded role. The Elephant Man is only suitable for those aged 12 and up.

The Elephant Man Reviews

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Bradley Cooper. He was an excellent actor, but he did not convince me. He is a handsome guy. The elephant man and a deformed person, showing the beauty of his soul.

Performance date: 19 May 2015

I would be lying if the thought of seeing Bradley Cooper live wasn't the main reason for wanting to see this play. but it was so much more than a A-List celebrity headline. It was a moving play that shows that even though you may look different we ar Read more

Performance date: 20 July 2015
Performance date: 25 July 2015
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