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A backstage look at the 2009 production of ''Waiting for Godot'' at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End.
Premiered: August 1, 2010
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With less than two weeks until the world premiere of Breakfast at Tiffany's, the cast and crew work around the clock. Final adjustments are made to the set and lighting, and the stars move into their dressing rooms. The last remaining actor arrives - Jasper the cat - and learns his part perfectly. It's the final dress rehearsal, then the night of the first preview. Will it be another success?
Compared to Godot, Breakfast at Tiffany's is another world, with an elaborate set, many costume changes, and a cast that includes a cat (with an understudy). To celebrate, Sean Mathias shaves his head, buys a new suit, and ponders whether Anna Friel (as Holly Golightly) should be blonde or brunette.
It's the final night of Waiting for Godot. Fans line up in the predawn hours, hoping for tickets. Following four months of full houses and a dark, demanding play, everyone is emotional. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart speak openly about what the experience has meant to them. After a post-performance gathering for cake and champagne, the Haymarket closes for a month.
The Haymarket is enjoying a record-breaking run with Godot. But after more than 100 performances, the actors' voices are severely strained. One night, Patrick Stewart's throat lozenges aren't enough, and a patient understudy finally gets his big chance. At the Haymarket's rehearsal studio, young stars Anna Friel and Joseph Cross arrive for their first read-through of Breakfast at Tiffany's.
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- Premiered: August 1, 2010
- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: A backstage look at the 2009 production of ''Waiting for Godot'' at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End. (more)
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