He will be joined by his Broadway co-stars Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola in Scott Ellis' production. Also in the cast are Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram, Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne.
In a press statement, Cooper commented, "Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London. I'm honored that Alessandro, Patricia, the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story."
Cooper is currently Oscar-nominated for Best Actor and, as a producer for Best Picture for the film "American Sniper." He was also Oscar-nominated for his performance in "American Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook." He has previously appeared on Broadway in Three Days of Rain.
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 travelling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves (Nivola) 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 (Clarkson), 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.
This production was first produced in July 2012 in Williamstown by the Williamstown Theatre Festival. It is is produced in London by James L. Nederlander in association with Michael Codron. It 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.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7930 8800, or visit www.ElephantManLondon.com.