Breakfast at Tiffany’s, adapted from the novel by Truman Capote, is most well known for the iconic film starring Audrey Hepburn, who plays the frivolous country girl turned New York society girl.
Richard Greenberg’s stage adaptation of the novel is a slick and pacy yet intimate production. The play itself sticks closely to the novel, as opposed to the film, yet Pixie Lott still oozes glamour as Holly Golightly, reflecting Audrey Hepburn’s classic interpretation of the role.
Set and costume designer Matthew Wright has magnificently created a stylish set that transitions between scenes smoothly. With the Tiffany blue New York skyline as a constant image throughout the show, he has intricately designed each apartment, bar and restaurant to sit beautifully inside the Tiffany tinted New York. The lighting designer Ben Cracknell expertly uses expressive lighting to shift between the dark rain clouds and thunderstorms to the romantic summer evenings in Manhattan, creating a highly atmospheric production.
Matt Barber plays the role of Fred, who also narrates the play and takes the audience along on his journey as his curiosity over Holly intensifies. Fred is infatuated by Holly and Barber captures this in his passionate yet frantic nature, as the narrator of the play he is suave and effortlessly cool, which is lost during his scenes with Holly as he desperately tries to win her heart. His switch in characterisation is effective as is conveys the impact of Holly’s charm and personality on Fred.
Living in the same apartment block, Pixie Lott plays Holly Golightly, a carefree woman who lives off the wealthy men of New York. Pixie encapsulates the charisma of Holly and her characterisation is remarkable, despite her secretive lifestyle, Pixie creates a loveable character which enhances the heartbreaking scenes in the play.
Described as a play with songs, Pixie sings three songs in the show, merely accompanied by her guitar. Her voice is utterly sensational, she has a country twang and uses raspy tones which give the songs passion and feeling. The music, including Moon River, are highlights of the production. Pixie commands the entire audience with her vocals, you could literally hear a pin drop in the theatre, she is utterly captivating.
As we are narrated through the story of Holly’s life, Fred attempts to control a girl who refuses to be controlled. After her failure to marry millionaire Rusty, Holly moves on to aspiring president of Brazil, Jose. Played by Charlie De Melo, his feisty Brazlillan nature paired with an exceptional accent, creates a humorous character. His relationship with Holly is hot and cold which infuriates Fred, as all he wants is for Holly to settle down and be happy.
The New York City style is conveyed exquisitely by the glamorous costumes, Holly in particular exudes elegance and flair as she saunters around in her oversized sunglasses, long coats and sparkling jewellery. The essence of her character is her ability to appear rich and chic in spite of not being that at all.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a sublime adaptation of the novel, it is a high quality performance that tells the story of the New York City girl we all know and love, in which Pixie Lott performs radiantly.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is on at The Lowry until the Saturday the 16th of April and tickets can be found here.
It then heads over to the Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre from the 18th to the 23rd of April and tickets are available here.