We speak with Clarke and director Sean Mathias about all things Holly Golightly and bringing Truman Capote's novella to the stage.
Emilia Clarke, best known as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, plays the wittily naive Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which hits the Cort Theatre on March 4. Richard Greenberg adapted the play – which is not a musical, but contains some music – from Truman Capotes’s 1958 novella, which inspired women from all over the country to pack their bags and seek fortune in Manhattan.
Set in 1943 New York City, the play follows Fred (Cory Michael Smith), a young writer from Louisiana who falls for the vivacious and elusive Holly Golightly (Clarke). Joining the two young lovers in the cast are George Wendt (Elf), Eddie Korbich (A Christmas Story), Paolo Montalban (Pacific Overtures), Suzanne Bertish (Wit), Lee Wilkof (Kiss Me, Kate), Murphy Guyer (Glengarry Glen Ross), Kate Cullen Roberts (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), John Rothman (Relatively Speaking), Danny Binstock (High School Musical), Tony Torn (The Forest), James Yaegashi (Take Me Out), Elisabeth Anthony Gray, and Pedro Carmo. Sean Mathias previously directed an unrelated stage production of Breakfast at Tiffany's in 2009 at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket.
We speak with Mathias and Clarke at the appropriately glamorous Carlyle Hotel.