Verity Rushworth dons the little black dress and pearls to play Holly Golightly on the UK Tour of Breakfast at Tiffany’s from May. She will be sharing the role with Pixie Lott.
Truman Capote’s classic novella has been adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize-winning finalist and Tony and Olivier Award-winning playwright Richard Greenberg and contains memorable songs from the era as well as original music by Grant Olding (One Man, Two Guvnors).
Rushworth played the award-winning role of Donna Windsor in Emmerdale for 11 years. Her theatre roles include Velma Kelly in Chicago (Leicester Curve), Grace Farrell in Annie (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Maria in the national tour of The Sound of Music and Penny Pingleton in the West End production of Hairspray.
Based on Truman Capote’s beloved masterwork, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is set in New York in 1943. Fred, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Holly Golightly, a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl.
Everyone falls in love with Holly – including Fred. But Fred is poor, and Holly’s other suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil. As war rages on in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with Fred – just as her past catches up with her.
Verity Rushworth said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to play the dream role of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
“I cannot wait to step into the fabulous shoes of such an icon and discover the endless layers to her complicated and fascinating personality – not to mention her wardrobe!”
Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be directed by Nikolai Foster, the artistic director of Leicester Curve.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s will begin performances at the Curve on March 3 before embarking on a UK & Ireland Tour. There will be a 12-week season at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in London’s West End, from June to September, 2016.