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The cast of Breakfast at Tiffany’s takes us for breakfast

Pixie Lott stars in Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, adapted by Richard Greenberg and directed by Nikolai Foster at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

The production, which began life at Leicester’s Curve theatre in March of this year, is about to embark on a 12-week run in London, following a successful UK and Ireland tour – and this morning, we got a sneak peek of what audiences can expect when we joined Nikolai and Pixie for breakfast at the lavish Haymarket Hotel.

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Alongside Pixie as Holly Golightly, the cast is led by Matt Barber as Fred and Victor McGuire as Joe Bell; others include Robert Calvert as Doc, Naomi Cranston as Mag and Charlie de Melo as José. Capote’s classic novella has been adapted for the stage by Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg, and includes memorable songs from the era as well as original music by Grant Olding (One Man, Two Guvnors, RSC’s Don Quixote).

Speaking of the adaptation this morning, director Nikolai Foster said: “Our version is very faithful to the original source material. It’s an intense, wordy study of café society in New York in the middle-half of the last century. It’s a story of two wonderful characters who go on an extraordinary story together.”

Fans of the classic book (and, admittedly, the film version starring the iconic Audrey Hepburn) will be familiar with the plot, then.  Set in 1943, Fred (Matt Barber) arrives in New York and meets Holly Golightly (Pixie Lott), a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl who everyone falls in love with. But as Holly begins to fall in love with Fred – her past catches up with her.

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Discussing the challenges of taking on such an iconic role as Holly, Pixie Lott said: “It’s a dream to be able to play Holly – she’s amazing! I’ve really studied the book and it’s exciting that our version is based on that rather than the movie, which has allowed me to visualise Holly and bring my own character to it.”

As well as treating us to a very tasty breakfast (we’re still thinking about those brioche bacon buns), Pixie also sang two songs which she performs in the show – including the iconic Moon River – and she’s sounding just great!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 30 June. You can buy your tickets here.

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