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The Elephant ManBradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola in The Elephant Man, Written by Bernard Pomerance and Directed by Scott Ellis

Following a highly-acclaimed, recorded-breaking run on Broadway, it is now confirmed that Scott Ellis’ production of Bernard Pomerance’s classic play will transfer to London this Spring.

The US cast, led by Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola will appear in the London run and the production will play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly limited season, with a first preview on May 19th and a final performance on August 8th.

Tickets are on sale now. www.ElephantManLondon.com Telephone 020 7930 8800

Currently enjoying a recorded-breaking run on Broadway, Scott Ellis’ acclaimed production of The Elephant Man will transfer to London with the US cast starring Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola this spring. The production is now confirmed to play a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 19th until August 8th. Tickets are now on sale.

The cast features Bradley Cooper as John Merrick, Patricia Clarkson as Mrs. Kendal, Alessandro Nivola as Dr. Frederick Treves, Anthony Heald as Ross / Bishop How, Scott Lowell as Snork / Pinhead Manager / Lord John, Kathryn Meisle as Miss Sandwich / Princess and Henry Stram as Carr Gomm / Conductor. The cast also includes Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne.

Bradley Cooper is currently Oscar nominated for Best Actor and, as a Producer, Best Picture for the film American Sniper. His performance in the role saw him win Best Actor in an Action Movie at the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards recently.

Prior to the London engagement, The Elephant Man will continue to play until February 21st, 2015 at the Booth Theatre in New York City. This production was first produced in July 2012 in Williamstown, Massachusetts by the Williamstown Theatre Festival under Jenny Gersten’s season.

Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr Treves takes Merrick under his care, he is astonished by the man’s brilliant intelligence, unshakable faith and, most of all, his resounding desire for love and understanding. He introduces Merrick to the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal, who is deeply touched by this pure and genuine soul. As a complex friendship blossoms among the three, Treves and Kendal struggle to protect Merrick from a world of questionable intentions.

Bradley Cooper says: “Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London. I’m honoured that Alessandro, Patricia, the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story.

The Elephant Man on Broadway has Scenic and Projection Design by Timothy R. Mackabee, Costume Design by Clint Ramos, Lighting Design by Philip S. Rosenberg, Original Music and Sound Design by John Gromada, Hair and Wig Design by Charles LaPointe and casting by Calleri Casting.

BRADLEY COOPER (John Merrick).
Theatre: The Elephant Man (Broadway & Williamstown), Three Days of Rain (Broadway), The Understudy (Williamstown).
Film: American Sniper (Oscar nomination, Critics’ Choice Movie Award), Guardians of the Galaxy, American Hustle (Oscar nomination, Golden Globe nomination, SAG ensemble award), The Place Beyond The Pines, The Hangover trilogy, Silver Linings Playbook (Oscar nomination, Golden Globe nomination, SAG nomination, National Board of Review award), Limitless, Wedding Crashers, Wet Hot American Summer, Serena.
Upcoming film: Untitled Cameron Crowe film, Adam Jones. TV: Alias, Nip/Tuck, Kitchen Confidential, Sex and the City.

Broadway: The Elephant Man, The House of Blue Leaves, Eastern Standard.
Off-Broadway: Three Days of Rain, The Author’s Voice, The Vanishing Act, The Maiden’s Prayer, Raised in Captivity.
Kennedy Centre: A Streetcar Named Desire.
Films: Learning to Drive, October Gale, Cairo Time, Easy A, Whatever Works, Shutter Island, Good Night and Good Luck, Far From Heaven (NYFCC Award), The Green Mile, The Untouchables, High Art (Independent Spirit Nomination), The Station Agent (SAG Nomination, National Board of Review Award), Pieces of April (Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Nominations, National Board of Review Award).
TV: Six Feet Under (Emmy Award 2002 & 2006), Parks & Recreation.

ALESSANDRO NIVOLA (Frederick Treves).
Broadway: The Elephant Man, The Winslow Boy (Outer Critics Circle nom.), A Month in the Country (Drama Desk nomination).
Off-Broadway: A Lie of the Mind (New Group).
Regional: Williamstown, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Intiman, O’Neill Theatre Centre.
Film: A Most Violent Year, Selma, American Hustle (SAG Award), Laurel Canyon (Independent Spirit nomination), Junebug, Coco Before Chanel, Face/Off, Ginger and Rosa, Mansfield Park, Devil’s Knot, Howl, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Time Code, Best Laid Plans, Jurassic Park 3, Five Dollars A Day, Goal, Janie Jones.
Upcoming Films: Day Out of Days.
Produced the comedy series Doll & Em for HBO.

Bernard Pomerance was born and raised in New York City. His first play, High in Vietnam, Hot Damn was performed at the Interaction Almost Free Theatre in 1972. Along with Roland Rees and David Aukin, Bernard helped to found the theatre company Foco Novo in 1972. Other plays include Someone Else Is Still Someone (Bush Theatre, 1974), Melons (RSC, 1985-6), Quantrill in Lawrence (ICA Theatre, London, 1980) and an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man (Hampstead Theatre, 1975). His best known play The Elephant Man premièred at Hampstead Theatre in 1977, and was performed in repertory at Britain’s National Theatre and several times off and on Broadway. The play won Pomerance a Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics’ Award, an Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award, and the outer Critics’ Circle Award.

SCOTT ELLIS (Director).
Broadway: On the Twentieth Century, The Elephant Man, You Can’t Take It With You, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Tony nomination), Harvey, Curtains (Tony nomination), The Little Dog Laughed (Drama League nomination), Twelve Angry Men (Tony nomination), The Man Who Had All the Luck, The Rainmaker, 1776 (Drama Desk & Tony nomination), She Loves Me (Tony nomination), Picnic (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Company, A Month in the Country, Steel Pier (Tony nomination).
Off-Broadway: Tom Durnin, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Streamers; GoodBoys and True; Entertaining Mr. Sloane; The Waverly Gallery, And the World Goes ’Round: (Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards); Flora, the Red Menace (Drama Desk nomination).
TV: “Weeds” (Executive Producer), “30 Rock” (Emmy nomination, Best Director), “Modern Family,” “Two Broke Girls,” “Frasier,” “The Good Wife”. Mr. Ellis is the Associate Artistic Director of Roundabout Theatre Company.

The Elephant Man is produced in London by James L. Nederlander in association with Michael Codron.

The American Actors are appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.

For further information please contact Ben Chamberlain / ben@thecornershoppr.com or Lewis Jenkins / lewis@thecornershoppr.com or telephone 0207 831 7657

The Elephant Man
Written by Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Scott Ellis
Original Scenic and Projection design by Timothy R Mackabee
Original Costume Design by Clint Ramos
Original Lighting Design by Philip S Rosenberg
Original Music and Sound Design by John Gromada
Original Hair and Wig Design by Charles LaPointe
Original Casting by Calleri Casting

Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, London SW1Y 4HT
Box Office: 020 7930 8800
First performance May 19th
Final performance August 8th
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm
No Performances: June 25th, 26th, 27th and 10th, 11th July
Additional Matinees: 9th, 23rd, 24th June and 7th July at 2.30pm


Last Updated Friday 23rd January 2015


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