Review: Breakfast At Tiffany’s

PUBLISHED: 09:40 29 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:09 29 September 2016

Breakfast At Tiffany's

Breakfast At Tiffany's

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The classic tale of a fantasist socialite who has men falling at her feet was brought to a new audience in Bristol this week.

Matt Barber and Georgia May Foote in Breakfast At Tiffany's Matt Barber and Georgia May Foote in Breakfast At Tiffany's

The classic tale of a fantasist socialite who has men falling at her feet was brought to a new audience in Bristol this week.

The Hippodrome became the backdrop for New York during war time for the staging of Truman Capote’s gripping 1958 novella about good-time girl Holly Golightly and her army of suitors.

The title role was played by former Coronation Street actor Georgia May Foote, who although appeared as sophisticated and glamorous as her predecessor Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film during the promos for the production, was made to don a blonde wig and less than glamorous clothes on stage, in an apparent about-turn to remain truer to the book than the film.

Despite this confusion May Foote was the embodiment of the wonderfully seductive but also sweetly innocent Holly with a pretty faultless Yank accent, with a hint of hillbilly thrown in at unguarded moments.

And although the promos also boasted that it was a stage play ‘with music’ this was slightly misleading as the aforementioned ‘music’ consisted of Holly singing and playing a few ditties on her gee-tar, which May Foote executed brilliantly, oozing sex appeal with her soft and silky, honey-toned voice.

The story is told through the eyes of an unnamed author, who Holly calls ‘Fred’ after her brother who her reminds her of, who was expertly played by Matt Barber.

Barber’s performance appeared effortless throughout the range of emotions he portrays during the unravelling of the tale. Every line was announced and projected well, despite the tricky accent, so that you didn’t miss a single word – which was handy as the story is narrated through his eyes.

Other notable performances came from former Bread and Goodnight Sweetheart actor Victor McGuire as barman Joe and Robert Calvert who was completely endearing and convincing as Doc.

The amazing sets cleverly transported you from the extreme downpours you associate with New York and the dingy tenement buildings one minute to picnics in the countryside the next.

So OK, if you are not au fait with the book or the film you may have been a little confused with the storyline but the great acting, including a show-stealing performance from the trained rescue cat Bob as Holly’s unnamed cat, who drew plenty of gasps and ahhhs from the audience as he trotted around the stage on cue and stayed statue-still when held, more than made up for it.

The UK and Ireland Tour of Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be at The Bristol Hippodrome until October 1, starting at 7.30pm each evening with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets start from £19.40 and are available from 08448 713012 or online via www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristolhippodrome.

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