Already closed | 1h 55m | Midtown W

The Elephant Man

From 104 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Entertaining

About the show

Bradley Cooper, Alessandro Nivola, and Patricia Clarkson star in this Broadway production about a man in a traveling freak show in the 19th century. More…

Based on the real life of Joseph Merrick, 'The Elephant Man' tells the story of a 19th-century man who became a star of the traveling freak show circuit. When the renowned Dr. Treves takes Merrick under his care, he is astonished by the man’s brilliant intelligence, unshakable faith and, most of all, his resounding desire for love and understanding. He introduces Merrick to the beautiful actress Mrs. Kendal, who is deeply touched by this pure and genuine soul. As a complex friendship blossoms among the three, Treves and Kendal struggle to protect Merrick from a world of questionable intentions… and so begins a story of love as unique as 'The Elephant Man' himself.

1h 55m | Already closed | Booth Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (104)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Entertaining
87
Avg Score

75
Well acted, Well staged, Intense, Overrated

See it if you like strong acting. Brilliant to have handsome BC contort into the disfigured EMan. Society's reaction to "others" is impt to consider.

Don't see it if Questioning the dr's goodness wasn't interesting. Nivola was stiff. The play isn't as powerful as I'd remembered. Still, solid production.

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if Amazing acting and script. Bradly Cooper is riveting in his performance.

Don't see it if you don't like minimal stagings.

87
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like well done dramatic pieces with compelling performances.

Don't see it if You don't like dramas?

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in historical dramas, or just want to see Bradley Cooper on stage.

Don't see it if You're looking for a definitive version of this play.

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Fantastic acting. Especially Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola. Interesting story. Impressive play.

Don't see it if It's an intense, sad play so it may not be what you feel like seeing.

84
Great writing, Intense, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy seeing a movie star who's not afraid to look ugly or be pathetic onstage, and an amazing, touching, sad, lovely story.

Don't see it if You want a happy ending.

92
Delightful, Great acting, Epic, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you like Bradley cooper! He was not the actor you see at the movies.

Don't see it if you don't want to see great acting.

80
Great acting, Great staging, Slow

See it if you don’t mind something a little slower / you love Patricia Clarkson especially

Don't see it if you are looking for a flashy drama or prosthetics

79
Great staging, Faithful revival, Because bradley cooper, Dated, Slow

See it if You are a Bradley Cooper fan, enjoy period pieces, and like shows like The Nick and Gangs of New York

Don't see it if You aren't star-vehicle-driven, you dislike historical plays, you prefer shorter, crisper productions - this felt looong

26
Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Overrated, Slow

See it if you want to see Bradley Cooper on stage. I can't find any other reason.

Don't see it if you don't like the story, and the book. It is very depressing.

Also It was a depressing play. Very boring and repetitive. I don't get why ... Read more Read less

87
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Touching, Exquisite

See it if you want to see a pretty boy flex his acting chops. Beautiful chemistry between Cooper and Clarkson. Cooper's Tony nom was well-deserved!

Don't see it if you are expecting prosthetics.

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Resonant

See it if You want to see Bradley Cooper act out this tale incredibly. The play is a tad slow, but is moving and masterful.

Don't see it if You don't like slower plays.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if you like seeing transformative acting

Don't see it if you don't like intensity or someone with a disability onstage makes you uncomfortable

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want Bradley Cooper at his finest. Superb acting, funny, poignant. Truly outstanding acting, all together a great show.

Don't see it if you don't like seeing a simulated disability. You find it hard to understand someone with a speech impediment.

78
Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a good drama play or enjoy Bradley Cooper

Don't see it if you want a light-hearted script

93
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Resonant

See it if You look for great acting and thought provoking historical plays. Very moving performances.

Don't see it if You're looking for light fare or something easily digested.

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Touching

See it if You want a literate, moving and thoughtful night of theater. It''s a classic for a reason people. It's a poignant exploration of life.

Don't see it if You don't want to be challenged in the theater, or disliked it's previous stage versions.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like great acting and interesting story.

Don't see it if you don't like straight theatre.

88
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you want to see an exceptional master class in acting. Truly breathtaking performance.

Don't see it if you want something fast-paced, energetic and light.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You'd enjoy a masterfully acted play about an intelligent and sensitive man, trapped in a diseased body.

Don't see it if The idea of a "star" transforming into a crippled, disfigured character or a show about an incurable disease would be upsetting to you.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You enjoy historical shows with phenomenal acting. The simplicity of the production only adds to it

Don't see it if N/A

90
Great acting, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you like dramas and love Bradley Cooper.

Don't see it if you're looking for something lighter.

100
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to learn how people treat each other. Bradley Cooper was superb

Don't see it if if you do not like deep dramas.

83
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you like a great script and great acting

Don't see it if if you don't like plays

90
Slow, Resonant, Profound, Must see, Intense

See it if you want to see a great slow burning drama.

Don't see it if you don't like deeper, more depressing shows and only enjoy light and funny ones.


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