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Gillian Wright, Tamzin Outhwaite, Nicholas Le Prevost , Jenny Seagrove - 'How the Other Half Loves' at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London at Theatre Royal Haymarket - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 30th March 2016

Gillian Wright, Tamzin Outhwaite, Nicholas Le Prevost and Jenny Seagrove
Jason Merrells and Tamzin Outhwaite
Jason Merrells and Tamzin Outhwaite
Jason Merrells and Tamzin Outhwaite
Jason Merrells and Tamzin Outhwaite
Matthew Cottle, Tamzin Outhwaite and Jason Merrells

Pixie Lott - Breakfast at Tiffany's Photocall at the Theatre Royal Haymarket at Theatre Royal Haymarket - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 28th January 2016

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Pixie Lott

The Elephant Man - Theatre Royal Haymarket, London - July 31st 2015 Live Review


British theatre fans rejoiced when they heard that Bradley Cooper was coming to the West End for a limited UK run of 'The Elephant Man'; a seventies play which made its last revival more than 10 years ago. It's safe to say the UK audience were left just as satisfied as the Broadway spectators, and just as emotionally drained.

The Elephant Man - London - July 2015 Live Review

I've never seen the play in the past, so my only point of reference was David Lynch's iconic black and white 1980 biopic, which explored the life of John Merrick in all its harrowing destitution. Having recently watched the spectacular revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Cats' and been shocked by how unfamiliar the characters felt, I was therefore left completely gobsmacked when Bradley Cooper opened his mouth and John Hurt's voice came out - totally spot on. All the familiarity you could ask for from a revival play. And his was the only British accent from an American actor during the entire play that never faltered; a remarkable feat given the acute discomfort he must've been feeling throughout.

The play is famous for its avoidance of a mask to imitate the extreme deformity of John Merrick, and so Cooper was forced to maintain an unpleasantly contorted face, stance, gait and hand throughout his time on stage; such dedication that becomes starkly astounding when you try it yourself for just five minutes. There was some initial disappointment when you realised there'd be no Hallowe'en mask, but that dissipated almost immediately - along with the initial chuckles over Cooper's funny face. By the end, you were convinced that the actor was indeed suffering with the same debilitating defects, so when his visage snapped back to the usual handsome features during the standing ovation, it was a startling switch back to reality.

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Irina Shayk - Bradley Cooper arrives at his hotel after his performance in 'The Elephant Man' at Theatre Royal Haymarket at CENTRAL LONDON, Theatre Royal Haymarket - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 26th May 2015

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Irina Shayk
Irina Shayk
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Irina Shayk
Irina Shayk

Hannah Spearritt and Theatre Royal Haymarket Tuesday 13th March 2012 Hannah Spearritt at the press night of 'One Man, Two Guvnors' held at Theatre Royal Haymarket. London, England

Hannah Spearritt and Theatre Royal Haymarket
Hannah Spearritt and Theatre Royal Haymarket
Hannah Spearritt and Theatre Royal Haymarket
Hannah Spearritt and Theatre Royal Haymarket
Hannah Spearritt and Theatre Royal Haymarket
Hannah Spearritt and Theatre Royal Haymarket

Sienna Miller, Terence Rattigan and Theatre Royal Haymarket Wednesday 8th June 2011 Sienna Miller leaving the Theatre Royal Haymarket after she performed in Terence Rattigan's play 'Flare Path' London, England

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Sienna Miller, Terence Rattigan and Theatre Royal Haymarket
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