Theatre preview: Breakfast at Tiffany's
Capote's classic comes to Scotland
Immortalised in celluloid by Audrey Hepburn's classic portrayal, Holly Golightly, New York socialite and protagonist of Truman Capote's modern classic novella Breakfast at Tiffany's, stands as one of the most iconic characters of 20th century literature. With her assured individualism and devil-may-care attitude to social affairs, Holly embodied a new femininity that prefigured the image of the liberated woman of the 60s and 70s. Over 50 years later, Capote's favourite creation is gracing the Scottish stage for the very first time in the form of Emily Atack, star of Curve's new production of Breakfast at Tiffany's, playing at Glasgow's Theatre Royal this May.
Taking over the role from the newly-pregnant Verity Rushworth, Atack speaks of her delight at the opportunity. 'I'm so flattered and honoured to be playing Holly Golightly,' she says. 'To take such an iconic role as my stage debut is both incredibly exciting and challenging.' Alongside Atack, the cast features Bread star Victor McGuire as bartender Joe Bell and Downton Abbey's Matt Barber as Paul Varjak, Holly's lovestruck neighbour, affectionately dubbed 'Fred' for his resemblance to her brother.
Directed by Nikolai Foster, the production stages Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg's 2013 Broadway adaptation, remaining faithful to original text by telling Holly's story through the eyes of 'Fred'. To bring Capote's classic novel to life, Curve's production also blends an authentic wartime soundtrack with an original score by acclaimed One Man, Two Guvnors composer Grant Olding.
Currently winding its way through the UK after a run of sold-out performances at Leicester's Curve Theatre, Breakfast at Tiffany's will cross the border with a heavy set of expectations on its shoulders. Foster is formidably tasked with staging a beloved classic, but, equipped with a celebrated story, a road-tested adaptation, and plenty of time to hone the details, Curve's Breakfast at Tiffany's seems set with the tools for success.