Casting Complete for London's Breakfast at Tiffany's

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Complete casting has been announced for the new stage version of Truman Capote's classic novella "Breakfast at Tiffany's," presented in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson, which will begin 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

Joining the previously announced Anna Friel, who is playing Holly Golightly, and American actor Joseph Cross as William "Fred" Parsons, will be 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 (currently running through Aug. 9), 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.

Dreyfus was last seen onstage in Hampstead Theatre's production of Amongst Friends. Other recent stage credits include The Common Pursuit (Menier Chocolate Factory), Cabaret (Lyric Theatre), Donkey's Years (Comedy Theatre) and The Producers (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). In 1998 he won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as Russell Paxton in Lady in the Dark at the National Theatre and in the same year was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for his performance as Cassius in Julius Caesar at the Birmingham Rep.

Bertish most recently played the title role in Mrs. Warren's Profession and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra for the Harman Center for the Arts, Washington DC. As well as extensive credits for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre, her West End credits include An Inspector Calls, The Vagina Monologues, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Hamlet. Her Broadway appearances include the transfer of the RSC's The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (to the Plymouth Theatre in 1981), Salome (Circle in the Square Theatre in 1992) and The Molière Comedies for Roundabout Theatre Company at Criterion Center Stage Right in 1995 (for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for best Featured Actress in a Play). She was last onstage in London in Crossing Jerusalem at the Tricycle Theatre.

Crowley was last onstage in the U.K. playing Donald Rumsfeld in Stuff Happens at the National Theatre. Previously he has been seen in Calico at the Duke of York's Theatre, Scenes from the Big Picture at the National Theatre, The Weir at the Royal Court and The Hostage for the Royal Shakespeare Company. On Broadway he has been seen in the transfer of The Weir (to the Walter Kerr Theatre in 1999) and MTC's 2007 revival of Brian Friel's Translations (at the Biltmore in 2007). Ramm has worked extensively for the Crucible Theatre Sheffield as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company and Birmingham Rep. His recent theatre credits include A Christmas Carol for the Rose Theatre Kingston, Little Dolls and Flooded Grave for the Bush Theatre as part of their Broken Space season in 2008, and Ring Around the Moon for Liverpool Playhouse.

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).

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