'Game of Thrones' actress will play Golightly in stage version
“Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke will play Holly Golightly in an upcoming Broadway stage adaptation of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” from scribe Richard Greenberg.
Sean Mathias, the Brit helmer whose Main Stem credits include “The Elephant Man” and “Dance of Death,” will direct the staging, which reps the Rialto debut of Clarke. Play will mark the second Gotham outing this season for Greenberg (“Take Me Out”), whose musical adaptation of “Far From Heaven” (with songsmiths Scott Frankel and Michael Korie) is set for a run at Playwrights Horizons later this season.
Based on Truman Capote’s 1958 novella, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” follows a popular young woman (Clarke) whom every man in New York seems to fall for, including a young writer. Blake Edwards’ 1961 film version, starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, was contemporized, but the new stage incarnation of the story will restore the novel’s 1943 setting.
This “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” isn’t the first to land on Broadway. The title has previously spawned a musical that famously flopped on the Rialto after just four perfs in 1966.
In 2009 Mathias directed a different play adaptation of the title in a West End production that starred Anna Friel. Penned by Samuel Adamson, that version earned largely downbeat reviews.
No other casting for the new incarnation of the story has yet been set. Creative team includes costume designer Colleen Atwood, whose film credits include “Alice in Wonderland” and “Chicago,” and set designer Derek McLane (“The Heiress,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It”).
Colin Ingram Prods. (“Ghost”), Donovan Mannato and Dominic Ianno produce “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which is on track to begin perfs in February at a Shubert Organization-owned theater still to be determined.