A New Take: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S at Theatre Royal, Haymarket

As a massive fan of the Audrey Hepburn-led movie Breakfast at Tiffany's and as an unopinionated overseer when it comes to the book, my thoughts on how Tiffany's would be were mixed before I even put bum to seat. I'd seen comments and reviews online that said this adaptation is much more true to the book than the film, so I was skeptical and upon reflection, the show was definitely heavily inspired by the book as opposed to the film.

But that isn't entirely what made the show fall short of the mark. Perhaps it's the fact that the majority of characters that were introduced seemed entirely pointless, or maybe it's the fact that you'd warmed to none of the characters by the end of this show, but this production seriously lacks the high-flying romanticism that the film offers.

Don't get me wrong here: Pixie Lott makes a wonderful stage acting debut as Holly Golightly and she's definitely the best part of the show for sure; her glamour is glamourous and her diva is very satisfying, so it's definitely a performance to be proud of, as well all of the other performances given throughout the piece. The main issue with the piece is that it's an attempt at making the original Truman Capote novel much more romantic, but by keeping in all of the incredibly unromantic and boring bits. We were introduced to far too many characters that either never returned or were never used and we saw so much of Fred (Holly's friend throughout the play) that the attraction and relatability of Holly's character that they try and throw at you at the end of the first act seemed very forced. It seemed silly to ignore the fact that the film was successful due to the multi-storyline yet simple script and the glamour of it all, and to just try and mix the two together and hope for the best simply didn't work.
Holly Golightly is arrested in Breakfast at Tiffany's at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket
The piece wasn't entirely awful though, so don't be all too turned away. As an actual play, its second act is something I could get on board with because much more seems to be happening, but there is still only one plot that runs throughout the entire piece which just means for much longer scenes; if you can stomach that then you're fine. Pixie Lott also sings some wonderful songs - the story's iconic song Moon River is a total highlight - and while the singing seemed random at times, it did a good job of breaking up some very long sections of dialogue for sure. The incidental music used in the piece was also very well chosen and fit the vibe very well, which is something I appreciated as it was used so frequently - I enjoyed it so much in fact that I wish I knew what the tracks were called.

The design of the piece was sleek as well with the emphasis on Tiffany blue being duly noted. The set reminded me of the set from The End of Longing - perhaps the only redeeming feature from that play - with its sense of modernism, minimalism and how sleek the whole thing is; despite the fact that the piece isn't exactly modern day so this wasn't used to its full effect, it still worked very well and was nice to see on the most part. Perhaps a downside to how minimalist the set was though was the fact that at times, the stage just looked bare and empty, which isn't the right impression to give when you're doing a play that's supposed to be full of riches and romanticism.

Pop star Pixie Lott stars as the iconic Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's
All in all, Breakfast at Tiffany's isn't completely dire and unwatchable, but it's not the best new play to grace the West End stage this season. If you're a fan of the original novel or Pixie Lott, or you're open minded when it comes to iconic stories being told on stage, then I'm sure you'll enjoy this. If you're looking for the next grand stage comedy though then you're barking up the wrong tree.

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