Preview: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Festival Theatre

It inspired one of the most glamorous films of all time and now, with the opening of a new stage adaptation at the Festival Theatre, fans of Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be able to see Truman Capote’s iconic book come to life.

Set in New York City in 1943, Breakfast at Tiffany’s follows the story of what happens when a poor writer from Louisiana meets Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious society girl who every woman wants to be, and every man wants to be with.

Adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning finalist and Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg, the show is simultaneously touring the UK and enjoying a 12-week run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End, starring pop star Pixie Lott. It opened in Edinburgh last night and is expected to run until Saturday 4 June.

Emily Atack, who rose to fame after appearing as Charlotte Hinchcliffe in cult television series The Inbetweeners, has been cast as Holly in the UK tour, whilst Downton Abbey star Matt Barber plays Fred. Whilst Atack recently starred alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones and Bill Nighy in the popular feature film remake of Dad’s Army, her role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s marks her theatrical debut.

The actress said: “I am so flattered and honoured to be playing Holly Golightly – to take such an iconic role as my stage debut is both incredibly exciting and challenging…I’m very much looking forward to getting in front of an audience and going on this journey with them every night.”

The show is directed by Nikolai Foster, the Artistic Director of Curve, with production design by Matthew Wright, lighting design by Ben Crackness and sound design by Mic Pool.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, Monday 30 May – Saturday 4 June, 7.30pm (matinee performances on selected dates), £17.50 – £30.50, 0131 529 6000.

Words: Amy Anderson