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.