Pixie Lott will star as Holly Golightly in a limited 12-week season of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, adapted by Richard Greenberg, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End in 2016. This will follow the first UK and Ireland tour of Truman Capote’s classic tale first brought to life so memorably by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film. It will be presented in a co-production with the Curve Theatre, Leicester. The novella has been adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning Finalist and Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright, Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain), and contains memorable songs from the era as well as original music by Grant Olding (One Man, Two Guvnors).
‘The goal of this version is to return to the original setting of the novella, which is the New York of the Second World War, as well as to resume its tone – still stylish and romantic, yes, but rougher-edged and more candid than people generally remember,’ Richard Greenberg explained. ‘Capote was a great writer and a natural maker of plots and Breakfast at Tiffany’s has a drive that makes it very alluring to dramatise.’
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which will be directed by Nikolai Foster, the Artistic Director of Curve, as part of his inaugural season for the company, with production design by Matthew Wright (La Cage Aux Folles), lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Mic Poole, will begin performances in Leicester on 3rd March 2016, before embarking on a UK and Ireland Tour. The 12-week season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End will run from 30th June to 17th September 2016.
Based on Truman Capote’s beloved masterwork, 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.
Artistic Director of Curve, Nikolai Foster said: ‘I am thrilled Pixie Lott will lead the company in our production of Richard Greenberg’s beautiful adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Developing new audiences for drama and presenting plays which are socially relevant, are things we feel passionately about at Curve. I am very proud Pixie, Richard and our first class creative team will be joining us in Leicester for my inaugural season.’
Pixie Lott said: ‘I am so excited to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in my first West End play. I absolutely love Holly’s style, and free spirit; she has always been an icon to me and I can’t wait to bring my own personality to the role. Alongside music, I’ve always wanted to be in a play, and getting the opportunity to be in one of my all time favourites and play this fabulous character is a dream come true.’
For more information, visit www.breakfastattiffanys.co.uk.
Tour schedule 2016:
3rd – 12th March Leicester 0116 242 3595
Curve Theatre www.curveonline.co.uk
15th – 19th March Canterbury 01227 787787
Marlowe Theatre www.marlowetheatre.com
4th – 9th April Leeds 0844 848 2700
Grand Theatre www.leedsgrandtheatre.com
12th – 16th April Salford 0843 208 6000
Lowry Theatre www.thelowry.com
18th – 23rd April Birmingham 0844 871 3011
Alexandra Theatre www.atgtickets.com/birmingham
25th – 30th April Southampton 02380 711811
Mayflower Theatre www.mayflower.org.uk
13th – 18th June Dublin 0818 719 377
Bord Gais Theatre www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie
20th – 25th June Plymouth 01752 267222
Theatre Royal www.theatreroyal.com
30th June – 17th September London 020 7930 8800
Theatre Royal Haymarket www.trh.co.uk
Images: Uli Webe