Broadway Revival of The Elephant Man, Starring Bradley Cooper, in the Works

By Adam Hetrick
22 Jan 2014

Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man
Bradley Cooper in The Elephant Man
Photo by T. Charles Erickson

A Broadway revival of The Elephant Man, starring Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, has been confirmed by the actor's representatives, according to EW.com.

Cooper, who appeared in the Bernard Pomerance drama at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012, previously told EW that he was in talks and eager to repeat his performance in a Broadway revival of the play.

Earlier reports indicated a 2013 Broadway bow was anticipated. Cooper's reps have now confirmed to EW that the production is still on track, though a timeline and additional casting for The Elephant Man have not been announced.

Scott Ellis directed the Williamstown production in which Cooper starred as John Merrick  (the titular Elephant Man) alongside Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson ("Pieces of April," "Far from Heaven") and Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!, Young Frankenstein).



Here's how the classic is billed: "From a desperate existence in a Victorian freak show to his days as the toast of London high society, the life of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, has fascinated the world for well over a century. Though his disfigurement brought notoriety, it was his unblemished inner humanity that most astonished those around him, compelling examinations of their own prejudices and beliefs. Shattering our illusions of normalcy, The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance weaves Merrick's tale into a parable on beauty, innocence, and human dignity."

The Elephant Man premiered on Broadway in 1979 with Philip Anglim in the title role. Anglim earned a Best Actor Tony Award nomination, and the play was awarded the Tony for Best Play that season. A 2002 revival starred Billy Crudup, who was also Tony-nominated for his work.