Emilia Clarke’s Broadway Performance is a ‘Catastrophic Failure,’ According to Her

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Emilia Clarke’s Broadway performance was not up to her standards.

The Game of Thrones actress, who makes her first appearance on the West end this month in The Seagull, was dismayed by how she performed last year. She called it “a catastrophic failure.”

“It was just not ready,” the 35-year-old actress said in an interview with the BBC. 

“Was I ready? No, I was definitely not ready,” she stated. “I was a baby. I was so young and so inexperienced.” 

Clarke played Holly Golightly, popularly played by Audrey Hepburn and her tiny black dress in the 1961 movie inspired by Truman Capote’s 1958 novella. In Richard Greenberg’s stage version, Clarke acted opposite Cory Michael Smith as Fred and Vito Vincent the cast as Cat. 

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EW’s Thom Geier in 2013 gave a C+ review for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, stating that “too many scenes that just sit there, failing to delight and robbing the play of any semblance of narrative momentum.” 

He said that Clarke’s acting was strong rather than carefree, but he did point out a compliment toward her for filling out those costumes nicely.

While she has a huge fan base, Clarke is “petrified” about her US stage debut. 

“I’m profoundly aware of the fact that there will be people who love Game of Thrones and are seeing it for that,” she stated. 

“Hopefully, they’ll come and go, ‘We just came to see the Mother of Dragons, oh how frustrating, she’s not on a dragon, this isn’t what I paid for.’ Spoiler: I’m not on a dragon at any point during this play.” 

Clarke portrays Nina in the play by Anton Chekhov, with Tom Rhys Harries as Trigorin. 

The Seagull debuts on June 29 at the Harold Pinter Theater in London and will run until September 10.

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