After nearly a week of staggered press performances, and one starry gala evening, the reviews are now out for the West End transfer for The Elephant Man, which is now running for a limited 12-week season until 8 August 2015 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Scott Ellis‘ production already comes trailing four Tony Awards nominations – including Best Revival of a Play and Best Actor for Hollywood film star Bradley Cooper – and a huge demand for tickets.


London critics, by and large, are impressed by the performance by Hollywood hunk Cooper, who transforms himself into the tragically disfigured Joseph Merrick, but rather less so by Bernard Pomerance‘s 1977 play, which many now consider dated.

But when you have a Hollywood star making their West End debut, especially one so stratospherically high as Cooper is now, and with:

  • a Russian model girlfriend (and ex of footballer Cristiana Ronaldo) in tow;
  • less than a week to go before the Tony Awards are announced (this Sunday 7 June)
  • a new blockbuster film out …

… reviews are only ever going to make the smallest impact at the box office. The run was extended pre-opening and many performances are already sold out. So what should you know about The Elephant Man, Bradley, girlfriend Irina Shayk, the film Aloha and more? Read on.




Quentin Letts: From the moment he assumes Merrick’s lopsided stance, Cooper becomes Elephant Man totally… The show may not be five-star material but his performance lifts it into the top division.


Paul Taylor: Cooper is every bit as good as the vast majority of reviewers claimed when Scott Ellis’s fine production opened on Broadway… Wonderfully humane yet wholly unsanctimonious.


Michael Billington: Cooper is very good indeed as the eponymous hero. Eschewing medical realism, he simply evokes the malformations of Joseph Merrick’s body… You long to see him in classic roles.


Ben Lawrence: Bradley Cooper is a revelation… The Hollywood actor shows theatrical prowess but he’s let down by a sluggish production of Bernard Pomerance’s play.


Natasha Tripney: Despite the big names, this is an underpowered account of the life of Joseph Merrick… Cooper does alter his whole physicality. But it can’t help but feel like an actor’s exercise.


Stu Black: Celebrity-led West End theatre is often underwhelming but American actor Bradley Cooper is by far the best thing about this stiff production. He excels in a dated play.


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