Bradley Cooper to bring Elephant Man to London stage

Bradley Cooper to bring Elephant Man to London stage

Three-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper is to play the Elephant Man in London following the critical acclaim he has received for the role on Broadway.

The Hangover star will portray the physically deformed John Merrick, whose true-life story inspired David Lynch’s Bafta-winning 1980 film.

Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola also appear in the play, which runs in New York until 21 February.

It will then transfer to London for a limited season, beginning on 19 May.

Cooper, 40, has been lauded by US critics for his performance in Bernard Pomerance’s play, which was first staged in London in 1977.

The actor, who was Oscar-nominated this month for his role in American Sniper, told the Daily Mail he was “bringing [Merrick] home”.

The production was first staged at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts in 2012

Rather than using prosthetics, as Sir John Hurt did in Lynch’s film, Cooper contorts his body on stage in order to evoke Merrick’s multiple physical deformities.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-30948347

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