Frost/Nixon (play)

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Frost/Nixon
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Original poster
Written by Peter Morgan
Characters David Frost
Richard Nixon
Date premiered 2006
Place premiered Donmar Warehouse, London
Original language English
Subject The Frost/Nixon interviews
Genre Drama

Frost/Nixon is a 2006 British play by screenwriter and dramatist Peter Morgan based on a series of televised interviews that former U.S. President Richard Nixon granted broadcaster David Frost in 1977 about his administration, including his role in the Watergate scandal.

Performance history

The play premiered at the Donmar Warehouse theatre in London in August 2006, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Michael Sheen as the talk-show host and Frank Langella as the former president. Frost/Nixon received enthusiastic reviews in the British press. It then played at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End, again starring Langella and Sheen.

On March 31, 2007, the play began previews on Broadway. It officially opened as a limited engagement at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on April 22 and closed on August 19, after 137 performances. The cast included Langella, Sheen, Remy Auberjonois (John Birt), Shira Gregory (Evonne Goolagong), Corey Johnson (Jack Brennan), Stephen Kunken (James Reston Jr.), Stephen Rowe (Swifty Lazar/Mike Wallace), Triney Sandoval (Manolo Sanchez), Armand Schultz (Bob Zelnick) and Sonya Walger (Caroline Cushing).

TimeLine Theatre Company in Chicago ran the play from August 21 to October 10, 2010.[1][2]

In regional theatre, Frost/Nixon made its Ohio premiere at the Rabbit Run Theatre in Madison, Ohio. The U.S. Rocky Mountain regional premiere was directed and designed by John Thornberry for Longmont Theatre Company in Longmont, Colorado, and ran from November 4 to 19, 2011.

The show received its Philadelphia premiere with New City Stage Company December 5, 2013 to January 4, 2014. The show was a combination of the stage play and the screenplay for the film Frost/Nixon and received wide acclaim. Dan Olmstead, who portrayed Richard Nixon, received a Barrymore Award nomination, and Russ Widdall, who portrayed David Frost, received a citation from Philadelphia Weekly for one of the 2014's most notable performances.

Awards and nominations

Original Broadway production

Year Award ceremony Category Nominee Result
2007 Tony Award Best Play Nominated
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play Frank Langella Won
Best Direction of a Play Michael Grandage Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play Peter Morgan Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Play Frank Langella Won
Outstanding Director of a Play Michael Grandage Won
Outstanding Music in a Play Adam Cork Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Play Nominated
Outstanding Actor in a Play Frank Langella Won
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Stephen Kunken Nominated
Outstanding Director of a Play Michael Grandage Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Design Neil Austin Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Production of a Play Nominated

Feature film

Ron Howard directed a film adaptation of the play.[3] The film was produced by Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Films for Universal Pictures. Shooting began on August 27, 2007.[4] Langella and Sheen reprised their roles for the film.

References

  1. ^ BWW News Desk (8 April 2010). "TimeLine Theater Announces Their 2010-11 Season". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved on 8 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Night and Day, Remy Bummpo Theatre Company ; Frost/Nixon, TimeLine Theatre Company ; Theater Reviews by Terry Teachout - WSJ.com". online.wsj.com. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-29. 
  3. ^ On-line interview with actor Michael Sheen
  4. ^ "Arts Briefly", The New York Times, 1 May 2007

External links

  • Official sites:
    • The Original Interviews Website
    • London production
  • Frost/Nixon at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Frost/Nixon at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Michael Billington, Frost/Nixon, The Guardian,(London) 22 August 2006
  • Paul Taylor, "Frost/Nixon, Donmar Warehouse, London: Closing shots convey the drama of a TV classic", The Independent (London), 22 August 2006
  • Charles Spencer, "Brief but gripping encounters", The Telegraph (London), 23 August 2006
  • Benedict Nightingale, Frost/Nixon, The Times Online (London), 22 August 2006
  • Ben Brantley, "When David Faced a Wounded Goliath", The New York Times, 23 April 2007 (Broadway production)
  • TimeLine Theatre Company, Chicago: Frost/Nixon Study Guide Retrieved 2011-10-02
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