I've been long awaiting the production of Breakfast at Tiffany's to arrive at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Admittedly I wasn't too sure what to expect from this show to begin with but I was pleasantly surprised. I was drawn in by the fact that it was an adaption of the original Truman Capote novel rather than the iconic 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn and of course the star casting of Pixie Lott, who I have been a fan of since the start of her pop career.
This production of Breakfast at Tiffany's tells the story of vivacious, good-time girl Holly Golightly and her fantastical existence in 1940s New York City. I loved following the thrilling love affairs, bright lights and pure fabulous-ness of Holly's life, but it was the more sinister, heart- felt aspects of the show that captured the audience most. Despite the facade of Holly's magnificent existence, her life is also riddled with hardship as she experiences heartbreak, drinking problems and family loss.
Leading lady Pixie Lott makes her acting debut as Holly Golightly, a character that journeys through every emotion possible throughout the show. As much as I adore Pixie as a recording artist, I initially had few reservations... could this just be plain celebrity casting to get bums on seats? But I needn't have worried. Pixie couldn't be anymore perfect for this role. She lights up the whole house with her presence, I couldn't help but beam when she was on stage. Her presentation of the complex character who is full of class and wit as well as fragility is completely refreshing. She goes back to her singing roots as she performs a few songs on acoustic guitar throughout the show, during her character's most vulnerable moments, including an iconic rendition of 'Moonriver' which bought me to tears. Pixie charmed the whole audience and bought this iconic character back to life perfectly.
Another star of the show worth mentioning is Matt Barber who played Fred, the narrator of the show and Holly Golightly's only true friend. Matt opens the show, talking directly to the audience to clearly present the back story of Holly's majestic tale and then is onstage for the majority of the show which is truly impressive. His character is a young, bumbling writer, completely fascinated by the whirlwind that is Miss Holiday Golightly. In one word, Matt's portrayal of Fred is completely charming. From the start, the audience feel sympathy for Fred as he battles against unemployment and unrequited love but also revel in his moments of joy with him. His character is really interesting as he develops throughout the show and I think Matt portrays him so well.
The cast of this show is relatively small, meaning that the ensemble take on a variety of roles throughout. They are a fantastic ensemble who bring the story of bustling Manhattan to life. A mention must go to Charlie De Melo who plays Jose, a character that I grew to love as he bought a great aspect of humour to parts of the show as Holly's Brazilian love affair. Though my favourite has to be Bob The Cat who played Holly's stray friend, representing a glimmer of hope within her destructive life. I'm not really a 'cat person' but this cat was completely fantastic and stole the show (sorry guys!)
I was particularly pleasantly surprised at the fantastic set design that included a variety of Manhattan apartments filled with bric- a- brac, bars, restaurants, and of course the iconic fire escape which formed an impressive backdrop. I was sat on the front row, meaning I could take in all of the amazing details of the sets and props. As well as genius set design, Matthew Wright provided gorgeous costumes. As a massive vintage fan, I adored Holly's stunning 40s inspired outfits - of which there were many as Pixie performed numerous number of quick- changes!
I felt that some scenes were a little too wordy at times and came across a bit irrelevant to the main plot. However it was during these times that I noticed small details like the soft sound of wind and rain through the speakers and the atmospheric lighting which I really appreciated. Its small aspects like this that really add value to a production.
To conclude, I really enjoyed this production. I love the story, the complex characters and their portrayals were pretty much faultless. Its thrilling, charming and heartbreaking all at once. I would most definitely recommend - even if plays aren't usually your kind of thing - this production will engage all audiences. I give it ★★★★.
Breakfast at Tiffany's is heading to the West End on its next stop! Catch it at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 30th June. I'd definitely recommend checking it out.
I went to say hello to Pixie and Matt after the show too. What wonderful people!
Have you seen this production yet? Let me know what you think by commenting below or tweeting me @LittleEllieMae :)
Ellie Mae x
Disclaimer: All opinions and thoughts are my own, as always. Video credited to www.breakfastattiffanys.co.uk.