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Breakfast at Tiffany's - full casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FULL casting has been announced for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Samuel Adamson’s new stage adaptation of Truman Capote’s classic novella, which opens at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on September 29, 2009 (previews from September 9).

Joining Anna Friel (as Holly Golightly) and Joseph Cross (William ‘Fred’ Parsons) will be James Dreyfus (O J Berman), Suzanne Bertish (Madama Spanella), Dermot Crowley (Joe Bell) and John Ramm (Doc Golightly).

And completing the cast will be James Bradshaw (Rusty Trawler), Gwendoline Christie (Mag Wildwood), Paul Courtney Hyu (Ensemble), Felix D’Alviella (Jose Ybarra-Jaegar), Nicholas Goh (Mr Yunioshi), Annie Hemingway (Ensemble), Sam Hoare (Ensemble), Natalie Klamar (Middy Munson) and David Phelan (Sid Arbuck).

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is set in 1943 in New York City, where William ‘Fred’ Parsons, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Miss Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl.

Everyone falls in love with Holly, including William – but he is poor, and Holly needs rich. Will she marry Rusty, the playboy millionaire? Or José, the future president of Brazil? As war rages in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with William – and then her past catches up with her…

James Dreyfus‘ recent theatre credits include Amongst Friends (Hampstead Theatre), The Common Pursuit (Menier Chocolate Factory), Cabaret (Lyric Theatre), Donkeys’ Years (Comedy Theatre) and The Producers (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

In 1998, he won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as Russell Paxton in Lady in the Dark (National Theatre) and in the same year was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for his performance as Cassius in Julius Caesar (Birmingham Rep).

His extensive screen credits include Gimme Gimme Gimme (as Tom), Casualty, My Hero, Waking The Dead and The Thin Blue Line for which he won the British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Newcomer (TV); Colour Me Kubrick, Fat Slags, Agent Cody Banks and Notting Hill (film).

Suzanne Bertish‘s most recent theatre credits include the title role in Mrs Warren’s Profession and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra for the Harman Center for the Arts, Washington DC. On Broadway, she has appeared in Salome and The Molière Comedies, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. And as well as extensive credits for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre, her West End credits include An Inspector Calls, The Vagina Monologues, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Hamlet. She was last on stage in London in Crossing Jerusalem (Tricycle Theatre).

On screen she has appeared in Rome, Love Soup, Trial and Retribution, Mumbai Calling, Silent Witness and Coronation Street (TV); Holy Money, The Upside of Anger, The Toy Box, Déjà vu and Bent (film).

Dermot Crowley‘s UK stage credits include Calico (Duke of York’s Theatre), Scenes from the Big Picture (National Theatre), The Weir (Royal Court Theatre), The Hostage (Royal Shakespeare Company) and, most recently, Stuff Happens (National Theatre). In America, he has appeared in Juno, Translations, The Weir and Dealer’s Chioce.

His numerous screen credits include Margaret (as Airey Neve), Bleak House, Spooks, Foyle’s War and Trial and Retribution (TV); Babel, Little Dorrit and The Return of the Jedi (film).

John Ramm, who plays Raymond Box in the National Theatre of Brent opposite Patrick Barlow, has worked extensively for the Crucible Theatre Sheffield, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Birmingham Rep. His recent theatre credits include A Christmas Carol (Rose Theatre Kingston), Little Dolls and Flooded Grave (Bush Theatre) and Ring Around the Moon (Liverpool Playhouse).

His screen credits include Midsomer Murders, Doctors, My Family, The Queen’s Nose, Shakespeare in Love and The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is initially booking until January 9, 2010.

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