Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson Will Star in Williamstown's Elephant Man

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15 Apr 2012

Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper
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Film star Bradley Cooper will star in the title role of Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, according to the New York Times.

Directed by Scott Ellis, the production will run July 25-Aug. 5.

The cast will also boast Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson, who will play the role of the actress who becomes friends with John Merrick (Cooper) during Merrick's hospital stay.

The Elephant Man, according to previous press notes, "chronicles the real-life story of John Merrick who lived during the Victorian era. Abandoned as a child and shunned by society, the grotesquely deformed Merrick survives as a side-show attraction until a gifted young doctor rescues him from life on the streets. Under the care of Dr. Frederick Treves, who educates Merrick and introduces him to London high society, the so-called 'Elephant Man' transforms from a sensational object of pity to the celebrity darling of the rich and famous."

The Elephant Man made its Broadway debut in 1979 and won the Tony for Best Play.



Cooper is known for his work in such films as "The Hangover," "The A-Team," "Wedding Crashers" and "Limitless."

Clarkson earned a pair of Emmys for her guest appearances in the HBO series “Six Feet Under,” and was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in the 2003 film “Pieces of April.”

For more information visit wtfestival.org.