Review Round-up: Is Stage Breakfast Hot or Cold?
The classic 1961 film version made a star of Audrey Hepburn as the young and charming Holly Golightly, the role played on stage be Anna Friel. The story centres on Golightly's friendship with an aspiring writer (Joseph Cross), her brownstone apartment neighbour, over the course of a single year in 1940s Manhattan.
The novella was turned into a stage show once before, in Boston, Massachusetts in 1966, starring Mary Tyler Moore. It closed after four performances, which director Sean Mathias will be hoping isn't an omen.
Today's reviews are mixed, with some, especially Whatsonstage.com's Michael Coveney (who awarded a solitary star) finding the story “squeezed of speed, juice and flavour” in its stage incarnation. However, others were more kind, particularly the Daily Telegraph's Charles Spencer who, awarding four stars, found it a “cracking night”, and Friel's performance the “sexiest I have seen on stage since Nicole Kidman in The Blue Room”. But this didn't prevent the overall balance swinging in the favour of the negative camp. In the words of the Evening Standard's Henry Hitchings, “a cappuccino of a play, stylish perhaps but not nourishing”.