Sunday, 24 May 2015

An evening with Bradley Cooper....

twice in 6 months!... yes I have been lucky enough to spend an evening with Bradley Cooper both in the UK and state-side in the past 6 months!
Back in December I was lucky enough to get a preview ticket for this show just before opening night and was excited to see this play back on the stage that Bowie headlined back in its Broadway debut in 1979. The Booth theatre is an old Broadway theatre steeped with history and old school new york style, opening in 1916.
This visit was unplanned and was fantastic, I was blown away by Coopers performance
I loved this interview with Bradley where he talks about a famous actor who came to watch.... I may have just been there at the same time!

When I read earlier in the year that Bradley & co were heading across the Atlantic to London for a limited run of the critically acclaimed play I grabbed a ticket quickly. This play is not an easy watch; it is dark in places and can be uncomfortable at times, however this is exactly what is should be due to the subject matter and the manner in which John Merrick was treated.  For those not familiar with the subject matter; Joseph Merrick is born with debilitating deformities which see him as a point of ridicule, fascination and often as a 'circus' act freak show in the Victorian era. Rescued by Frederick Treves a leading doctor at the Whitechapel London hospital, Treves gives Merrick a home and looks after him away from ridicule and torment.
It is a moving and humbling journey and Bradley is simply stunning as Merrick. 
The play's success is built on that the play uses no prosthetics, trick lighting or gimmicks to portray this story. The floorboards are bare and set pieces are minimal. Coopers transforms on stage as Treves lists the deformities that Merrick had, and holds this for 2 hours a night on stage. He has in recent interviews detailed the back pain that he is suffering with since taking on this role.Supported by Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivalo it is a phenomenal performance and shows that he isn't just a pretty face.
The Elephant Man is only on for a short period and do think its one of the must tickets for the summer of 2015.
As well as seeing a great performance on stage it was also very lovely to see Mr Cooper in person as he left the stage door exit shortly after the performance finished..... I did think of my friend Ali, who is a huge BC fan and has had a starring role in a couple of her books!...

Sunday, 24 May 2015

An evening with Bradley Cooper....

twice in 6 months!... yes I have been lucky enough to spend an evening with Bradley Cooper both in the UK and state-side in the past 6 months!
Back in December I was lucky enough to get a preview ticket for this show just before opening night and was excited to see this play back on the stage that Bowie headlined back in its Broadway debut in 1979. The Booth theatre is an old Broadway theatre steeped with history and old school new york style, opening in 1916.
This visit was unplanned and was fantastic, I was blown away by Coopers performance
I loved this interview with Bradley where he talks about a famous actor who came to watch.... I may have just been there at the same time!

When I read earlier in the year that Bradley & co were heading across the Atlantic to London for a limited run of the critically acclaimed play I grabbed a ticket quickly. This play is not an easy watch; it is dark in places and can be uncomfortable at times, however this is exactly what is should be due to the subject matter and the manner in which John Merrick was treated.  For those not familiar with the subject matter; Joseph Merrick is born with debilitating deformities which see him as a point of ridicule, fascination and often as a 'circus' act freak show in the Victorian era. Rescued by Frederick Treves a leading doctor at the Whitechapel London hospital, Treves gives Merrick a home and looks after him away from ridicule and torment.
It is a moving and humbling journey and Bradley is simply stunning as Merrick. 
The play's success is built on that the play uses no prosthetics, trick lighting or gimmicks to portray this story. The floorboards are bare and set pieces are minimal. Coopers transforms on stage as Treves lists the deformities that Merrick had, and holds this for 2 hours a night on stage. He has in recent interviews detailed the back pain that he is suffering with since taking on this role.Supported by Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivalo it is a phenomenal performance and shows that he isn't just a pretty face.
The Elephant Man is only on for a short period and do think its one of the must tickets for the summer of 2015.
As well as seeing a great performance on stage it was also very lovely to see Mr Cooper in person as he left the stage door exit shortly after the performance finished..... I did think of my friend Ali, who is a huge BC fan and has had a starring role in a couple of her books!...