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The rest of the Scott Ellis-directed production’s U.S. cast will reprise their roles in the West End limited run, from May 19 through Aug. 8 at the Royal Haymarket.
“Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London,” said Cooper in a statement on Friday. “I’m honored that Alessandro, Patricia, the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story.”
Cooper stars as Joseph Merrick, the tragically deformed outcast who was embraced by Victorian English society after a harrowing youth. Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 bio-drama calls for the central role to be performed without special makeup or prosthetics — a task Cooper has completed with rave reviews from critics.
The actor’s longtime passion project recouped its $3.1 million capitalization just six-and-a-half weeks after performances of the revival began. It has been playing to 100-percent capacity houses since previews began on Nov. 7, and is the first show to gross over $1 million in a single week at the Booth Theatre, suggesting a high volume of premium ticket sales.
The play’s limited-engagement Broadway run will end one day earlier than scheduled, on Feb. 21, so Cooper can attend the Oscars the following day. He is nominated for his lead performance in American Sniper.
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