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bradley-cooper-elephant-man2014 seems to be the year that Hollywood actors are coming back to theatre and shows are getting a little darker and edgier.

Bringing back the elephant man to Broadway

Bradley Cooper is taking some time out from being an in-demand movie star to bring The Elephant Man back to Broadway. Although it was supposed to start in the autumn of last year, The American Hustle star has said that the show will go on once filming for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper has ended.

Cooper has already played the character of John Merrick (based on the 19th century freak show survivor otherwise known as the elephant man) in Bernard Pomerance’s play at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012. He’s in good company too… The Tony Award winning The Elephant Man premiered on Broadway in 1979 and a wide range of actors from stage and screen played Merrick in its two year run: Philip Anglim, David Bowie, Bruce Davison and Mark Hamill all treaded the boards as the character and in 2002 Billy Crudup earned a Tony Nomination when he starred in the short-lived revival.

Fifty Shades! The Musical

Because Fifty Shades of Grey needs more publicity… A new parody musical inspired by the popular E.L James ‘erotic’ best-seller is opening off-Broadway on February 21st. The musical opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey and the audience are lead on a humorous ride (no pun intended) through Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s kinky relationship. The show features original dance numbers and songs and is not to be confused with the musical ‘Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades Of Grey Musical Parody’, which features parodies of hit songs and is also appearing off-Broadway.

The curious incident of a collapsing roof

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime was forced to officially close at the Apollo Theatre following the dramatic roof collapse during a performance on 19th December 2013. The play will be re-opening at the Gielgud Theatre in July following previews from the 24th June. Tickets for the new dates are on sale to the general public from Friday 17th January with priority bookings for those people who already had tickets to see the show at the Apollo.

For something a little darker

With Matt Smith doing his stint in the American Psycho musical at the Almeida Theatre at the moment, London is seeing a serge in more twisted theatre offerings. Ghost Stories, by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, returns to the West End opening at the Arts Theatre on 27th Feb 2014. This scary show has had sold out runs at the Liverpool Playhouse and the Lyric Hammersmith in 2010 before it was transferred to the West End Duke of York Theatre where it ran for over a year. If chilling tales are your thing it’s a must see.

“Three men gather, each with an uncanny tale to tell: their chilling stories will bleed off the stage and into your dreams.” Riptide: A Slasher Musical is opening at the fringe venue – Rosemary Branch Theatre in Islington, North London from 27th February to 2nd March 2014. It’s a comedy-horror musical, that follows Chad and his friends on their Spring Break trip to Innocent Beach USA. Described as the Beach Boys meet Freddie Kruger, it’s a fun take on the popular genre of 80’s slasher films.

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