I love the Theatre Royal Haymarket and the last time I was there was to see Ralph Fiennes in the production of Ibsen’s brand – so not exactly yesterday – but it’s hard to draw any comparison with this latest show running at the same theatre….
I have looked forward to going to see this show since it was first announced back in April this year, not just because I’m a great fan of Truman Capote’s original story and the fantastic movie, but because I wanted to see this new interpretation. I’m a great believer in the need for theatre to constantly reinvent and reinterpret texts. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is globally syonymous with the iconic Audrey Hepburn photo and this new show has had the opportunity to move it into the 21st century.
The show opens with a reverse view through the windows of the now legendary Tiffany’s jewellers and the production revolves around a mobile and minimal set. There are some great touches; William bathes in a bath full of real water, Holly’s apartment has a giant chandelier and the New York skyline is wonderfully realised through a giant stencil and lighting.
The dialogue is as sharp and witty as the great costumes are and I’m sure this is going to have a knock on effect in the fashion world. The cast numbers, possibly the tallest actress I’ve ever seen, a real live cat (called Cat) and of course, Anna Friel who plays Holly Golightly and Joseph Cross as William ‘Fred’ Parsons. For those of you who’ve read the book, maybe you experienced, as I did, a feeling of anxiety as you reached the end and wondered of Holly’s fate. And fans of the film all adore the happy ending. So what fate meets our gamine anti-heroine Holly this time around? I won’t spoil the ending, you’ll just have to go and see for your self.
Anna Friel, possesses an ethereal quality and her performance reveals that she is a pretty talented singer, guitarist and dancer. She has truly made this role her own. She’s also happy to meet and greet fans at the stage door after the show which is a great touch – although you may get a little blinded by the camera flashes!
Tickets are available from lastminute.com/theatre.