by Truman Capote adapted by Richard Greenberg
Richard Greenberg has chosen to create this adaptation of the iconic film by returning to Capote’s original novella. Whilst the play had a limited run at Leicester Curve with Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly, the production is now on tour with Emily Atack in the role prior to a West End run.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is set in New York in 1943. Fred, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly – including Fred. But Fred is poor, and Holly’s other suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil. As war rages on in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with Fred – just as her past catches up with her.
The essential sensuality and fizz of the production is missing, the set and costume design (Matthew Wright) allows the episodic and cinematic quality to move with good pace but visually this becomes repetitive and predictable whilst Ben Cracknell’s lighting design creates some atmospheric pictures.
Emily Atack lacks the necessary allure as Holly; however she sings the iconic songs well even if they appear a little out of place. The script races by leaving characters as mere sketches and at time uses chunks of prose from the novella as narration. Matt Barber (Fred) holds the action together whilst Victor McGuire (Joe Bell) is most at home as the bar tender deeply in love with Holly.
*** – 3 Stars