REVIEW: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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“I don’t want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I’m not sure where that is. But I know what it’s like. It’s like Tiffany’s.”

Elegant. Stunning. Classy.

The only way to describe the highly talented Emily Atack’s performance as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Originally portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the iconic 1961 film, the play has been given a new lease of life in a sparkling, sophisticated production starring Inbetweeners star Emily Atack as Holly, and Downton Abbey’s Matt Barber as Fred.

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This tale of vivacious, good-time girl Holly Golightly and her fantastical existence in 1940’s New York City is told through the eyes of a young writer, who is completely fascinated by this girl who every woman wants to be, and every man wants to be with.

The set shines a gorgeous shade of Tiffany blue from the offset, but that is sadly the only reference to the store with a later brief mention in a monologue performed by Holly. The play has been massively adapted from the story to the film, but Atack and Barber capture the spark, romance and comedy between Holly and Fred perfectly.

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Atak’s strong performance shines through, but the real star of the show is Matt Barber. His ability to switch between narrator and the character of Fred is amazing to watch. His torment of loving Holly and wanting to be the one she changes for is evident from the start of the play, and his dedication leaves the audience rooting for them to be together.

All actors bounce off of each other, with characters getting stronger and more confident as they work together. They portray the story and humour of Breakfast at Tiffany’s excellently, and bring 1940’s New York to Nottingham.

Although the sudden shift in direction of the original plot makes you turn to the person next to you to see what’s going on, this stylish production will capture the hearts of the audience, and sparkles like a diamond in a Tiffany’s window.

By Emma Page