Bradley Cooper has revealed that he wants to bring The Elephant Man to the West End.
Cooper is currently starring in the play on Broadway. Scott Ellis' production officially opened last night (7th December) at the Booth Theatre.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Cooper said: "The West End is amazing and incredible. It would be an honour and exciting to do The Elephant Man in the West End. Let’s get through this run first. We’ve got 85 more shows to do!"
The Elephant Man runs on Broadway until 15th February 2015. Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man tells the story of a 19th-century British man (Cooper) whose severe disfigurement made him a star of the traveling freak show circuit.
When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) takes Merrick under his care at the London Hospital, he discovers that beneath this shocking exterior lies a brilliant mind and an unshakable faith. Soon all of Victorian high society becomes fascinated by Merrick, especially the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal (Clarkson). But with his new life comes new complexity... and as Merrick's condition grows more severe, a "normal" life begins to seem all but impossible.
The play originally premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in 1977 before transferring to the National Theatre and then Broadway starring David Bowie.
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