Cooper gets ugly on stage

Actor to star in 'Elephant Man' at Williamstown

Bradley Cooper will ugly himself up for a new production of “The Elephant Man” this summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival in the Massachusetts Berkshires.

Patricia Clarkson also stars in the revival. A workshop of the new musical by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, “Here Lies Love,” has joins the WTF slate.

“Elephant Man” marks a return to Williamstown for Cooper, who last had a stint there in a 2008 staging of Theresa Rebeck’s “The Understudy.” Clarkson — who was a member of the festival’s Non-Equity company in 1984 — was last at Williamstown in a 1996 production of Arthur Miller’s “The Ride Down Mount Morgan.”

Scott Ellis, director of the Roundabout Theater Company’s upcoming revival of “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” helms Bernard Pomerance’s play about the famously deformed man in Victorian London. Show is set to play July 25-Aug. 5.

“Here Lies Love,” the brewing musical about Imedla Marcos from Byrne and Fatboy Slim, is already set for a full production as part of the Public Theater’s upcoming seasion. At Williamstown the show will be seen in a workshop staging at area museum and arts center MASS MoCa June 21-24. Alex Timbers (“Peter and the Starcatcher”) directs.

The two productions join a WTF lineup that also includes a new musical version of the film “Far from Heaven” and the latest play by Katori Hall, “Whaddabloodclot!!!,” among others.

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