Bradley Cooper to make London stage debut in ‘The Elephant Man’

'American Sniper' actor is currently starring as heavily disfigured John Merrick on Broadway

Bradley Cooper is to make his London stage debut later this year in The Elephant Man.

The Silver Linings Playbook actor is currently starring as John Merrick in the Broadway revival of Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 play, which is due to run until February 21. Now it has been announced that the acclaimed production will transfer to London’s West End in May for a 12-week run, with Cooper being joined by existing co-stars Patricia Clarkson and Alessandra Nivola.

Cooper said in a statement: “Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London. I’m honoured that Alessandro, Patricia, the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story.”

The Elephant Man, which tells the story of a heavily disfigured man who became infamous in Victorian London, will run at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 19 to August 8. Tickets are on sale now.

Meanwhile, Cooper’s performance in American Sniper has earned him a nomination in the ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ category at this year’s Academy Awards – Cooper’s third Oscar nomination in as many years. He faces competition from Michael Keaton (Birdman), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and will find out whether he has won at a live televised ceremony in LA on February 22.