Review: Breakfast At Tiffany’s at @GrandOperaHouse 

It was always going to be difficult to follow Audrey Hepburn and the film version of this Truman Capote story of a wayward young girl looking for meaning in her life.

Holly Golightly went through men by the dozen looking for the right one and enough money to live the high life but that wasn’t the solution. Then along comes a young writer, she calls him Fred because that’s her brother’s name and probably that’s the crux of her longing, to have her trusted and grounded brother back in her life. The writer loves her but it’s complicated and it doesn’t work out, the will-o’-the wisp simply can’t settle down. Nor does this production.

For me, and many around me, it was more like a radio play, the stage seemed huge but underused except for the long line of doorways into the various flats against the Manhattan skyline and the outside staircase.

I think the audience was waiting for all the old familiar songs but this is not a musical, it’s a play with music and there’s a difference. This is not identified on the programme. Only two songs, including Moon River, and Georgia May Foote sang them beautifully but the rest was dialogue which was often hard to hear, all too fast. Matt Barber as Fred spoke to the audience at times just to keep us up to speed with what was going on but I didn’t feel for him as he tried to establish a relationship with Holly.

There were two standout performances, Holly’s husband Doc (Robert Calvert) who married her when she was a teenager and still loves her and Bob the large white cat. The audience reacted more to Bob than to anyone.


Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Grand Opera House
Saturday 7th November 2016

Post Author: Belfast Times

7 thoughts on “Review: Breakfast At Tiffany’s at @GrandOperaHouse 


    (November 5, 2016 - 9:14 pm)

    Agree with all the comments. Nothing to recommend this production. Was bored in the second half just waiting for it to be over. Went on 2nd November. On reflection could have found more interesting things to do with my time. Will investigate fully before booking again at the GOH. Too expensive for mediocre performances

    Janet Leslie

    (November 5, 2016 - 4:32 pm)

    Agree with all the above reviews. Left at interval today wasted money . Diction was dreadful and accents woeful . VERY disappointing really will make me think twice before booking tickets for future shows if this is the standard G.O.H. finds acceptable. Unfortunately, too many shows are mediocre now. The gallery seating was super worth the money pity same couldnt be said for the production of Breakfast at Tiffanys👎.


    (November 5, 2016 - 11:03 am)

    Dreadful play worst I’ve ever seen, left after he first act!!!! Waste of money. Monotone performances interrupted with screeching American accents. Don’t waste your money like we did.


    (November 5, 2016 - 9:34 am)

    I couldnt agree more with the above comments,., was the worst show I have ever seen ….it was a completely flat performance throughout…..nothing at all to recommend it !

    Carol Hutchinson

    (November 4, 2016 - 6:42 pm)

    We went 1st Nov couldn’t make any sense of the whole play was one of the worst I have had to sit through couldn’t make out what she was saying agree with all the above comments above sorry wasted £29.

    Henry H McAuley

    (November 3, 2016 - 11:59 pm)

    Sadly, having looked forward to seeing this performance, I must say that this one goes down as one of the worst I have attended in the Belfast Opera House. Speaking lines were rushed, difficult to hear most of the time and storyline difficult to follow.
    One couple sitting beside us did not reappear after the interval. Going down the stairs at the end, I overheard a lady saying, ‘What was all that about?”
    Over coffee afterwards, we were of the mind we should have joined the couple who didn’t return after the interval.
    Henry. Belfast

    Sandra Hinds

    (November 3, 2016 - 11:09 am)

    Mum and I were at last night’s performance and it was the understudy as Georgia was ill. No songs which was very disappointing – why have an understudy who can’t sing? Agree with all the comments above and Bob the cat was the best bit!

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