Last night I went to see the much anticipated Breakfast at Tiffany’s at The Bristol Hippodrome.
I left bewildered.
If you’re expecting the same story as that of the film, you’ll be disappointed, no doubt. This portrayal is of the far more dramatic novella by Truman Capone where it seems the story is that of Fred’s not Hollys. I don’t think this was stressed enough in the promotion of the show. Many, as was I, were expecting a story similar to that of the much loved film starring Audrey Hepburn, even in the promotion the synopsis appears to be similar and the imagery of Georgia May Foote showed her as the Holly we all remember from the film. However, despite showcasing Holly in the promotions with dark hair, you’ll be surprised to find that she is in fact, in the show, a blonde- another confusing aspect. Although it doesn’t matter what colour her hair is, the fact is we’re expecting Holly to have dark hair from what we’re shown in advance, yet when I first caught sight of her on stage, I had no idea who she was. I thought she was just an ensemble cast member portraying a glamorous New York woman but it was actually the main character. The confusions from here only continued.
Although I haven’t read the book, from what I’ve been able to find, the two appear to be quite different. I find it perplexing then that the audience are being led to assume were going to witness the story that we’re most familiar with. Many theatre goers were so perplexed that they simply left- some not even waiting for the interval. Which leads me to my next point; in this adaptation, we pull into question Fred’s sexuality- there is an encounter with a man at the office he works in which leads to his dismissal (which we find out when he so casually tells Holly) yet earlier in the story he seemed perturbed by another man’s sexual advances and then there is the whole infatuation with Holly Golightly whom he apparently, so desperately, wants to be with throughout. Their relationship isn’t clear and doesn’t make sense.
There are some similarities, but your best bet is to try and clear your mind of any expectations in it is entirety as you’ll only end up confused too and potentially disappointed. If you can push the inconsistencies, and the conflicting story aside, the cast themselves were spectacular; Georgia May Foote as Holly Golightly was exceptional- she captured the whimsical side of Holly beautifully; Matt Berber as Fred/Narrator literally held the story together for the most part; Victor McGuire (as Joe Bell), Robert Calvert (as Doc) and David Cardy (as O J Berman) all provided that necessary substance. Perhaps most loved in this though was Bob the Cat- the audience couldn’t get enough of him.