Drawing: Pixie Lott in Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Pixie Lott

One of Britain’s best-loved pop performers, Pixie Lott has made her stage debut as Holly Golightly, the dizzy, enigmatic New York good-time girl in the theatrical adaption of Truman Capote’s classic novella BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S. After opening at The Curve Leicester Theatre in March and a brief tour, the production has settled into the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End. Pixie will play Holly, the role immortalised by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film version, for a limited 12 week run, ending in September.

The production is the latest stage version adapted by American playwright Richard Greenberg from Capote’s original rather than the film script. It was first performed on Broadway in 2013 with GAME OF THRONES star Emilia Clarke as Holly.

Pixie knows a thing or three about singing. Her Platinum-record selling pop career started with a bang. Her debut single ‘Mama Do’ went to Number 1 in June 2009 and things have continued on an upward trajectory since. She insists she’s not ditching singing, just developing a wider audience appeal with her acting.

In fact she gets to perform three songs in the play, including the classic Academy Award winning number ‘Moon River”. Pixie has been making a strong sartorial display arriving and leaving the theatre each day, keeping the tabloids busy, so the paps were positioned along with a handful of us graphers in equal numbers, outside the stage door on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The amiable Pixie arrived, (now for a rare moment of fashion commentary) in a stylish pastel pink tea dress, snakeskin ankle boots with a small silver handbag and matching winged sunglasses, adding a blue sharpie to the accessories and everyone got what they wanted.

Drawing: Anna Friel and Joseph Cross in Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Breakfast At Tiffany's

One of the most anticipated productions of 2009 was the stage version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, featuring Anna Friel as Holly Golightly and Joseph Cross as her neighbour William Parsons. It was the role that established Audrey Hepburn as a glamour icon and arguably Capote’s most famous character.

He wanted Marilyn Monroe for the 1961 Hollywood film, and hated Hepburn in the part. In fact, he hated the whole film. He called it, “a mawkish Valentine to New York City… thin and pretty where as it should have been rich and ugly!” The stage version is considered a closer adaption of the book.

The Telegraph’s Charles Spencer gave the production four stars. “This is the sexiest performance I have seen on stage since Nicole Kidman in The Blue Room… Friel creates a thrilling frisson of eroticism.”

The production opened on the 29th of September, concluding on 9th January 2010. Both Anna and Joseph signed my quick black biro sketch in the final week.