Matt Barber in Breakfast At Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
It’s been some time since we first heard news of an adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s heading to the Theatre Royal Haymarket. It was a high profile announcement, with pop star Pixie Lott set to take on the role of Holly Golightly and it was big news as a result.
Since then we’ve had a lot of other high profile announcements of course, including another high profile star (Matthew Perry) appearing in the West End’s The End Of Longing. But as we get closer to Breakfast At Tiffany’s June start date it is finally time for it to return to the spotlight with its latest casting announcement.
Matt Barber is set to take on the role of Fred in the production. He is the character who heads to New York in the early 1940s and meets Holly Golightly, the kind of girl everyone is in love with. Barber is a writer with little in the way of money so as he falls for her he sees it as a hopeless endeavour pursuing someone with such rich suitors. But Holly has problems of her own and they could catch up with her just at the wrong moment.
When he plays Fred, Barber will be bringing plenty of experience to the role thanks to his performances in previous shows like Savage Beauty at the St James Theatre, plus Pygmalion at the Old Vic Theatre. The performer is probably better known for playing Atticus Aldridge in Downton Abbey, however, as he has played the role on numerous occasions since 2014. His other credits include Being Human and the 2013 television series Dracula.
As well as Barber as Fred, the latest news from the productions is that Victor McGuire will play Joe Bell. The rest of the cast includes Robert Calvert, Naomi Cranston, Charlie De Melo, Tim Frances, Andrew Joshi, Melanie La Barrie, Sevan Stephan, Katy Allen and Andy Watkins.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from June. Meanwhile, the show is also beginning its national tour in March.