25-29 October 2016
Reviewed by Louise Watts
Last evening myself and my husband attended the Theatre Royal in Brighton to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s. This show has been adapted from the iconic 1961 film with Audrey Hepburn playing the wonderful, vivacious Holly Golightly. I am slightly ashamed to admit that I have never actually seen the film but in some ways that makes my review more balanced as I cannot compare the show to the film.
The story written by Truman Capote is set in New York City in the 1940’s and is told through the eyes of a young writer “Jack” who is rather taken by Miss Golightly – the girl all men want and all women want to be! There is a star-studded cast with Holly being played by the beautiful Georgia May Foote from Coronation Street, the ever so handsome Matt Barber from Downton Abbey as Fred and Victor McGuire from sit-com Bread (one of my personal favourites) as Joe Bell.
Georgia put on an outstanding performance with her acting and then stunned the audience when she sang. She has the most beautiful, delicate, innocent voice which encapsulated the whole auditorium. She is absolutely gorgeous anyway, but with her Marilyn Monroe style blonde hair and dark glasses, you can see exactly why all the men wanted her! Her American accent had been well practised and was sustained throughout her performance, however at times the accent made her diction less clear and at times I lost what it was she was saying which was a shame as her overall performance was extremely good.
The wonderfully tall, dark and handsome Matt Barber maintained his high acting standards too. He played the part of “Jack” perfectly. I found myself truly feeling sorry for him for the way he was desperate for Holly to want him, his performance was endearing and the story was clear and precise thanks to the clarity of his performance.
Victor McGuire best known to me growing up as Jack Boswell was perfectly cast for the role of Joe Bell. It was a delight for me to see him acting and he certainly didn’t disappoint. His enthusiasm and humour really made the character of Joe stand out for me. An outstanding performance by Victor!
The set was amazing. In some ways it was very complex and detailed but somehow at the same time it worked. The set changes were brief and didn’t detract from what was going on at all. It really helped set the scene for me and in fact during the interval was a big topic of conversation between my husband and myself (which is always good!).
If I am honest, I found the first half a little slow and I couldn’t really see where the story was going but the second half was much clearer for me and it then became apparent why the details in the first half were required to the depth they were. The show is quite long – 55 mins for the first half, then an interval and then 1 hour 5 mins for the second half. I had initially thought I may take my 13-year-old daughter to see it, but I think she would have struggled a little with the story, not because it is complex, quite the opposite in fact but I am not sure it would have kept her attention. Therefore, my recommendation would be that this is a production for adults and not children. My husband and I enjoyed the performance very much indeed and we have now decided it is time we sat down and watch the film, so that will be our activity this weekend.
The Theatre Royal is a beautiful historic grade 2 listed building within the city of Brighton. It is a large theatre with a capacity of 952 over 4 levels. There are several bars where you can get drinks and nibbles, the staff are polite and facilities clean. Parking is easy as there is a multi-storey car park just a few minutes’ walk away which offers an evening rate of £4.50 – not cheap but fair considering this is a lively city in the evenings.
Overall, it was an outstanding performance by some wonderful actors and I would thoroughly recommend it to others as a must see show that will entertain and delight.
Tickets cost from £19.40 to £42.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is at the Theatre Royal in Brighton until 29 October 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7650.
Theatre Royal. New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1SD | 0844 871 7650