Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man in the West End
Hollywood Actor Bringing his Broadway Hit to the Capital in 2015
London’s Theatreland regularly welcomes Hollywood talent to its stages, but the latest Tinseltown actor to bring his work to the West End could be Bradley Cooper, should his own indications come to pass.
According to an interview the actor conducted with American chat show host Jimmy Fallon (via Official London theatre), Cooper will be bringing his Broadway stage version of The Elephant Man to a London venue before the end of 2015. It is currently directed by Scott Ellis on the other side of the Atlantic.
The performer is presently appearing in the production at the Booth Theatre in New York. It sees him take on the role of John Merrick, the British man living in 19th century Britain whose deformities have made him a well known figure of travelling freak shows. It is a story of friendship and faith as those that get to know Merrick discover the man underneath the appearance.
Based on a true story, London theatre audiences will also recognise the tale from the 1980 David Lynch film with John Hurt in the role of Merrick and actors such as Anthony Hopkins and John Gielgud in supporting parts.
Bradley Cooper is perhaps best known for his work in the Hangover trilogy of films alongside Zach Galifianakis, in addition to recent roles in the likes of American Hustle and the upcoming Clint Eastwood film American Sniper. His other credits include Valentine’s Day, The A-Team, Limitless, Yes Man and The Place Beyond The Pines. However, as well as his film work, he has also made previous appearances on the stage prior to The Elephant Man with credits such as Three Days Of Rain at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre on Broadway and The Understudy in Massachusetts.
Audiences have to wait until later in the year for the possible arrival of the Hollywood actor in London, though there are other opportunities to see stars of the screen in the West End beforehand. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels currently continues at the Savoy Theatre with Robert Lindsay in a lead role, whilst Made in Dagenham can be seen at the Adelphi Theatre with Gemma Arterton until late March 2015.
More information concerning the possible appearance of The Elephant Man in the West End will likely emerge as the year continues.