The transition from pop princess to serious actress appears to have been seamless for Pixie Lott as she steps out in the iconic role of Holly Golightly in Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
The tour of this play is stopping off at the Lowry’s Lyric Theatre this week and Pixie and a stellar cast are certainly doing it justice. The 1961 film with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard won two Oscars and a whole host of other awards.
But the singer turned actress cum Strictly Come Dancing contestant showed no sign of being nervous about stepping into such illustrious shoes. This is no story for the faint-hearted, with witty, full on dialogue, a real test for any actor, but she captures the fragile body and soul of the New York socialite who puts on a brave face to the world - except the young man from a neighbouring apartment who she befriends. It is one of those bitter sweet stories that you want to have a happy ending but you know it won’t. In this interesting stage adaptation by Richard Greenberg the life of goodtime girl Holly in 1940s New York is told through the eyes of the young writer neighbour who is fascinated by her.
Pixie gives it 100% and puts on an impressive performance. This isn’t a musical, but a serious play with music; just three songs performed exquisitely by Pixie, whose rendition of the unforgettable “Moon River” was a goosebumps moment.
Her co-stars all exhibited their vast experience of stage, film and TV. Matt Barber, fresh from his role as Atticus Aldridge in “Downton Abbey”, plays her young friend and neighbour Fred. These two are almost constants on the stage - huge roles to play - but they work well together. Another familiar face is Victor McGuire whose stage, film and TV roles have included “Star Wars - The Force Awakens” - but I couldn’t get away from the picture of him as a wayward Boswell brother in “Bread”!
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” runs until Saturday, when there is also a matinee performance. Call the Box Office on 0843 208 6010.