Emilia Clarke has already proven her thespian prowess as Targaryen princess Daenerys Stormborn on the Emmy award-winning HBO show “Game of Thrones,” but this winter the actress plans to bring her acting chops to the small stage.
In February, Clarke is to star in a Broadway revival of Truman Capote’s novel “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” where the British actress will star as café society girl Holly Golightly.
Capote’s story, known best by the 1961 film version with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, is receiving a new treatment from Tony Award-winning writer Richard Greenberg.
The talented collaborative team includes costume designer Colleen Atwood, who won Academy Awards for “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Alice in Wonderland,” and Tony-winning director Sean Mathias.
Mathias, who has directed a score of plays on Broadway, most notably Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” previously directed a theatrical adaptation of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” for the Theatre Royal, in London.
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In a statement, Greenberg described his vision for the project as a return to Capote’s original text.
"The goal of this version is to return to the original setting of the novella, which is the New York of the Second World War, as well as to resume its tone — still stylish and romantic, yes, but rougher-edged and more candid than people generally remember,” said Greenberg in a statement. “Capote was a great writer and a natural maker of plots, and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ has a drive that makes it very alluring to dramatize.”
Alan U. Schwartz, Capote's literary executor, said, "I am delighted New York audiences will be the first to see this new adaptation of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's.' That the story continues to inspire artists and capture imaginations all these years later speaks to the timeless quality of Mr. Capote's unforgettable prose. Mr. Greenberg has beautifully translated everything that is glorious about this story and its characters to the stage."
According to the Playbill website, this will be the first time that the play has ever been officially performed on Broadway. A 1966 musical adaptation of the book, starring Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain, went to previews but never made it as far as opening night. The unsuccessful venture is still considered a legendary failure in Broadway lore.