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Anna Friel bares all on opening night

Anna Friel bares all on opening night
Anna Friel bares all on opening night (Image credit: PA)

Anna Friel (opens in new tab) bared all for a star-studded audience at the opening night of her new play. Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Paul O'Grady, Jeffrey Archer and Sir David Frost attended the opening night of Breakfast At Tiffany's (opens in new tab) at London's Theatre Royal Haymarket. Cilla Black, Richard E Grant, Antony Cotton, Gloria Hunniford, Ruby Wax and Rachel Stevens were also among the audience for the performance during which Anna bared all in a full-frontal nude scene when her character, Holly Golightly, lay naked under a sun lamp. Sir Ian said of the play, adapted by Samuel Adamson from Truman Capote's novella: "It was wonderful, you should bring someone you love to see it." Paul O'Grady said: "I thought it was great. I've never seen the film you see - I can't stand Audrey Hepburn. But I'm a great fan of the book and it was very true to the book. I thought she (Friel) was very good." Coronation Street star Antony Cotton added: "It was lovely. I'm very, very proud of my very old friend." Anna received cheers as she took her curtain call but some members of the audience in the circle complained they struggled to hear her speak during the play. American actor Joseph Cross - who recently appeared alongside Sean Penn in Gus Van Sant's film Milk - starred as writer and Golightly's neighbour William 'Fred' Parsons. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme star James Dreyfus played agent OJ Berman. Anna sang and played the guitar several times during the play but Moon River, the song made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the film adaptation, was missing from her repertoire.

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