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    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.

    Performance dates:
    01 Dec 2015 - 01 Dec 2015
    Running time:
    1 hour 55 minutes including an interval
    Theatre Royal Haymarket (See map)
    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.

    Best Seats

    SeatPlan Recommends: The Theatre Royal Haymarket offers the best views from the Stalls and Dress Circle. Optimum views are in the middle of the Stalls, due to the high stage.

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