Truman Capote’s classic story is once again brought to the stage, with Pixie Lott starring as Holly Golightly. Is it worth a watch? Or is the story lost on stage?
The Guardian: ** “What we are left with on stage is a series of vignettes, a mechanically efficient production by Nikolai Foster and the presence of Pixie Lott. That may be enough for some. But I would rather see her in a role that gives full rein to her marvellous singing voice than as Capote’s mercurial gadfly.”
The Telegraph: *** “My general wish was that director Nikolai Foster had taken more experimental liberties. My more particular desire, given the conventional path taken, was that he had obtained greater narrative clarity from the American adaptor Richard Greenberg.”
Evening Standard: ** “Lott is decent enough, if vocally underpowered at times.”
The Independent: *** “Still, despite its faults, I enjoyed spending a few hours travelling in Miss Golightly’s company.”
WhatsOnStage: ** “The end result is a production that feels empty and effortful. It never engages the heart or the mind.”
London Theatre.co.uk : * “it’s difficult to believe why this woman holds such fascination for men, gay and straight alike, as her closeted writer neighbour, a lonely barman and a convicted criminal in Sing-Sing variously become infatuated with her.”
West End Frame: * “Breakfast at Tiffany’s isn’t the worst show in theatrical history, but the whole thing feels pointless. It’s not fun, there’s no adventure and it’s challenging to get behind the central character.”
Radio Times: *** “This a brave stab that’s a long way from being a failure, but director Nikolai Foster’s production is not slick enough early on, or poignant enough as the story reaches its conclusion.”
The Daily Mail: “American breakfasts are justly famous; but this leaves you craving a full English.”
Culture Whisper: ** “Despite the best efforts of Pixie Lott, Holly Golightly never graduates from literary creation to a vivid character on stage.”
The Reviews Hub: ** “In truth, this stage adaptation lacks the intensity, the stylistic flair, and the social commentary of Capote’s novella.”
Breakfast at Tiffany’s runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until the 17th September. To book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.