Bradley Cooper to continue ‘The Elephant Man’ in London

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Bradley Cooper calls the New York subway the ‘best way’ to travel.

Bradley Cooper’s The Elephant Man is taking a trip across the pond. The rest of the Scott Ellis-directed production’s U.S. cast will reprise their roles in the West End limited run, from May 19 through Aug. 8 at the Royal Haymarket. “Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London,” said Cooper in a statement on Friday. “I’m honored that Alessandro, Patricia, the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story.” Cooper stars as Joseph Merrick, the tragically deformed outcast who was embraced by Victorian English society after a harrowing youth.The “American Sniper” star is a regular on the underground in New York City and thinks it’s a perfectly normal occurrence for a famous actor to use such a form of public transport because it is the “best way” to travel around the city. “It seems crazy to me that using the subway is seen as a sign of being normal!

LONDON — The Broadway revival of “The Elephant Man,” starring Bradley Cooper, will travel to London in May, the play’s producers announced on Friday.The actor — a three-time Academy Award nominee, most recently for “American Sniper” — has won praise for his performance as John Merrick an extremely disfigured but indomitable man who becomes a celebrity in Victorian London.

Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 bio-drama calls for the central role to be performed without special makeup or prosthetics — a task Cooper has completed with rave reviews from critics. He told the Daily Mail newspaper: “There’s something about the physical manifestation of the movie star, who by nature has to be looked at, playing this part. It has been playing to 100-percent capacity houses since previews began on Nov. 7, and is the first show to gross over $1 million in a single week at that address, suggesting a high volume of premium ticket sales.

Producers also announced earlier this week that play’s Broadway run has been slightly abbreviated to accommodate Cooper’s trip to the Oscars on Feb. 22 for his work in American Sniper. Cooper, 40, was nominated last week for an Academy Award for his role in the Clint Eastwood film “American Sniper.” (That movie also created a hubbub on social media this week because of a conspicuous fake baby in several scenes.)

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