Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the New Alexandra Theatre

It is an iconic book that became an iconic movie classic. Now ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ has been turned into a play that opened at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre this week, with pop starlet Pixie Lott stepping into the not inconsiderable shoes of Audrey Hepburn to play Holly Golightly. But fans of the Hollywood movie version may be surprised with the differences in the story, and, if you require a pre-requisite Hollywood happy ending, this may not be the show for you.

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Fred (not his real name but we never actually find out what it is.) is an aspiring, but down on his luck writer, living in an apartment block with an assortment of kooky neighbours. Chief amongst these is the beautiful, effervescent Holly Golightly, a charming party-girl with a lot of secrets in her past. Holly has one aim in life, to be rich beyond belief, pursuing the odious Randy Trawler as a means to this end. But love has a way of getting in the way, and as Holly and Fred bond over their similar situations, it seems that maybe money isn’t everything. But as the past and present collide, Holly is forced to make choices that will change all of their lives forever.

Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly and Naomi Cranston as Mag in Breakfast at Tiffany's (Sean Ebsworth Barnes)

Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly and Naomi Cranston as Mag in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Sean Ebsworth Barnes)

This version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an altogether darker proposition than the Hollywood film, closer to the source material of the Truman Capote novel. There is no room for the Patricia Neal character, Fred’s trysts for money are with men, and you get the distinct impression that he is at least bisexual. Sex and pregnancy before marriage are all part of the story, and the action is transferred to World War 2 era New York, rather than the early 60s of the film. This makes the play interesting to compare to the saccherine Hollywood love story.

Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly (centre) and the cast of Breakfast at Tiffany's Credit Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly (centre) and the cast of Breakfast at Tiffany’s Credit Sean Ebsworth Barnes

As Holly, Pixie Lott is an engaging, elegant presence – a little shrill and shouty at times, but with a graceful poise that makes her Holly very watchable. Her singing voice is strong and powerful and fills the theatre when she sings Moon River. You feel that her Holly is a stronger, harder person than Audrey’s version – more suited to the darker edges of the story, but it does mean that Lott as Holly is sometimes cold and hard to love.

Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Credit Sean Ebsworth Barnes (5)

Pixie Lott as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Credit Sean Ebsworth Barnes (5)

On the other hand I was really impressed with Matt Barber, who made Fred, warm and adorable. He narrates the play and pretty much holds the whole thing together with wit and charm. One of my fave scenes is when he has a drink with Doc – Holly’s abandoned husband. The scene is soft and charming and gives the play heart.

Matt Barber as Fred in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Credit Sean Ebsworth Barnes

Matt Barber as Fred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Credit Sean Ebsworth Barnes

The costumes, sets of New York and the apartment block, and the use of newspaper reports to move the action along are great, and I loved the supporting characters Mag and Rusty. But ultimately, as someone who loves the romance and charm of the movie, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is just a little dark for me.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s New Alexandra Theatre

Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23rd April 2016

Click here for ticket information

Pride of Britain Awards – Get the Celebrity look

One of the most heartfelt and moving awards ceremonies of the year are the Pride of Britain awards. These took place on Monday night, and saw the bravest and best of British receive awards from a range of celebrity faces.

Many of the small screen stars opted for looks from the High Street. These included breakfast TV presenters Lorraine Kelly and Ranvir Singh, who looked elegant in Coast and Monsoon respectively. Laura Tobin, on the other hand,  wore a Catherine Deane number in gold and black that looked super sophisticated, and was most definitely designer. This dress is currently available from mywardrobe.

 

Lorraine Kelly and Ranvir Singh wear High Street Style

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Mila Maxi
£199 click to visit Monsoon

PERLA SEQUIN MAXI DRESS £350.00 click to visit Coast

PERLA SEQUIN MAXI DRESS
£350.00 click to visit Coast

 Laura Tobin wears Catherine Deane from My-Wardrobe

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Catherine Deane Exclusive Maxi Dress £1,200.00 click to visit mywardrobe

Catherine Deane
Exclusive Maxi Dress
£1,200.00 click to visit mywardrobe

Susannah Reid wears Gorgeous Couture

Another breakfast presenter, the lovely Susannah Reid, who is currently wowing with her dancing skills on Strictly Come Dancing, went for a Grecian style draped dress from Gorgeous Couture that was cocktail, rather than evening length. This versatile dress has also been worn by Little Mix’s Perrie , and is available in a range of colours. The online saving you can make at the moment is amazing.

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The Lacey Dress £318.00 Exclusive web offer: £189.00 click to visit Gorgeous Couture

The Lacey Dress
£318.00 Exclusive web offer: £189.00 click to visit Gorgeous Couture

Nicole Scherzinger Get the look from Coast

Nicole Scherzinger was stunningly beautiful in Amanda Wakeley, but you can get a great version of this dress from Coast. The Stansie maxi dress has similar side ruching, although swopping the sheer panel for some bare skin!

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STANSIE MAXI DRESS £180.00 click to visit Coast

STANSIE MAXI DRESS
£180.00 click to visit Coast

Pixie Lott and Rochelle Wiseman wears Yuvna Kim

Pixie Lott and Rochelle Wiseman were flying the flag for British fashion by wearing designs from the Mauritian born, London based designer Yuvna Kim. The stunning, floaty pieces were just  perfect for the young music stars. Yuvna Kim’s designs are the height of femininity, and about as far from minimalism as you can get.

 PIXIE LOTT Wears dress by Yuvna Kim Price on Application

PIXIE LOTT
Wears dress by Yuvna Kim
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 ROCHELLE HUMES Wears Dress by Yuvna Kim Price on Application

ROCHELLE HUMES
Wears Dress by Yuvna Kim
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