Breakfast at Tiffany's Begins Performances at Theatre Royal Haymarket with Friel and Cross

News   Breakfast at Tiffany's Begins Performances at Theatre Royal Haymarket with Friel and Cross The new stage version of Truman Capote's classic novella, "Breakfast at Tiffany's," presented in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson, begins performances at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket Sept. 9, prior to an official opening Sept. 29, for a run that is currently booking to Jan. 9, 2010.
Anna Friel as Holly Golightly
Anna Friel as Holly Golightly Photo by Uli Weber

Anna Friel, who plays Holly Golightly, and American actor Joseph Cross, who portrays William "Fred" Parsons, are joined by James Dreyfus, Suzanne Bertish, Dermot Crowley and John Ramm, playing O J Berman, Madama Spanella, Joe Bell and Doc Golightly respectively. Also in the company are James Bradshaw (Rusty Trawler), Gwendoline Christie (Mag Wildwood), Paul Courtney Hyu (Ensemble), Felix D'Alviella (Jose Ybarra-Jaegar), Nicholas Goh (Mr Yunioshi), Annie Hemingway (Ensemble), Sam Hoare (Ensemble), Natalie Klamar (Middy Munson) and David Phelan (Sid Arbuck).

The production, which is the second in Sean Mathias' current residency as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company and follows Waiting for Godot, is directed by Mathias, and has set and costume designs by Anthony Ward, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Paul Groothuis, choreography by Wayne McGregor, and original music composed and arranged by Grant Olding. It is presented by Chambord, and is produced by Colin Ingram by arrangement with The Theatre Royal Haymarket Company.

Friel's previous theatre work includes Lulu for the Almeida Theatre Company both in London and New York and Patrick Marber's Closer on Broadway. She has recently been seen as Charlotte Charles in "Pushing Daises," for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a television series. This summer, she will be seen starring opposite Will Ferrell in the film "Land of the Lost." She is also due to film "London Boulevard" with Keira Knightly and Colin Farrell as well as Jacob Estes' black comedy "The Details," with James McAvoy, Elizabeth Banks and Laura Linney. On TV, she will be seen next in Jimmy McGovern's award-winning "The Street."

In a previous press statement, Friel commented, "Truman Capote's 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' has always been one of my favorite novels and I am delighted to have been given both the opportunity to play one of my all time favorite heroines, Holly Golightly, and to be returning home to the London stage."

Her co-star Cross is best known for his roles as Augusten Burroughs in "Running with Scissors," as Franklin Sousley in the Clint Eastwood war drama "Flags of our Fathers," and most recently, as Dick Pabich in the Gus Van Sant feature film "Milk," starring opposite Sean Penn. In 2003 Cross made his stage debut at the Williamstown Playhouse in John Guare's Landscape of the Body and most recently played Orin Mannon in The New Group's Off-Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's Mourning Becomes Electra. Truman Capote's novella was first published, along with three of his short stories, in book form in 1958, and also appeared unabridged in Esquire magazine in November that year. Set in New York City in 1943, the story revolves around a young writer from Louisiana, William "Fred" Parsons, who meets Miss Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly, including William - but he is poor, and Holly needs rich. Will she marry Rusty, playboy millionaire? Or José, the future president of Brazil? As war rages in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with William - and then her past catches up with her.

Truman Capote (1924-1984) wrote short stories, novels, plays and essays, and worked for the New Yorker, which provided him with his first and last regular job. In 1948 his first novel, "Other Voices, Other Rooms," was published to international critical acclaim. His other iconic works include "In Cold Blood," "Music for Chameleons and "Answered Prayers."

Adaptor Samuel Adamson's other adaptations include Pedro Almodóvar's All About My Mother, seen at the Old Vic, and versions of Ibsen's Pillars of the Community for the National Theatre, A Doll's House for Southwark Playhouse, Chekhov's Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard for Oxford Stage Company and Schnitzler's Professor Bernhardi for Dumbfounded Theatre. He was recently represented at the National Theatre by his play Mrs. Affleck (based on Ibsen's Little Eyolf). His original plays include Southwark Fair (Naitonal Theatre), Grace Note (Old Vic), Clocks and Whistles (Bush Theatre), and Some Kind of Bliss (Trafalgar Studios).

To book tickets, contact the box office at 0845 481 1870 or visit www.breakfastattiffanys.co.uk.

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