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Bradley Cooper's Broadway Return in The Elephant Man Delayed

Scheduling conflicts have forced the revival to move the start of performances and opening night.

Bradley Cooper as John Merrick in Scott Ellis' production of Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012.
(© T. Charles Erickson)

Bradley Cooper's long-awaited return to Broadway in a revival of Bernard Pomerance's Tony Award-winning drama, The Elephant Man, has been delayed due to scheduling conflicts. Originally announced to begin performances at the Booth Theatre on October 18, the production will now begin previews Friday, November 7. Opening night, previously set for November 13, will now take place on December 7. The limited engagement will now run through February 15 instead of January 18.

Tony nominee Scott Ellis directs the production, which originated at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012. Cooper is joined by his costars from that iteration, Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April) and Alessandro Nivola (The Winslow Boy). Additional Broadway cast members include Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, and Henry Stram. Full casting will be announced in the coming months.

The Elephant Man features scenic and projection design by Timothy R. Mackabee, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg, and sound design by Drew Levy.

Inspired by the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the play) and his relationship with the renowned surgeon Frederick Treves, The Elephant Man premiered on Broadway in 1979 and was later seen in a 2002 revival starring Billy Crudup.

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