Frost/Nixon (play)

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.

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Written byPeter Morgan
CharactersDavid Frost
Richard Nixon
Date premiered2006
Place premieredDonmar Warehouse, London
Original languageEnglish
SubjectThe Frost/Nixon interviews

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 performance.

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.


  1. ^ BWW News Desk (8 April 2010). "TimeLine Theater Announces Their 2010-11 Season". Retrieved on 8 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Night and Day, Remy Bummpo Theatre Company ; Frost/Nixon, TimeLine Theatre Company ; Theater Reviews by Terry Teachout -". 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

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Arielle Tepper Madover

Arielle Tepper Madover is a theater and film producer, native New Yorker, and founder of the concierge service, WhatShouldWeDo?! She also serves as the Board Chair for The Public Theater in New York. Madover has won six Tony Awards.


Frost/Nixon may refer to:

The Nixon Interviews, a series of interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon

Frost/Nixon (play), a 2006 play written by Peter Morgan

Frost/Nixon (film), the 2008 film adaptation of the play, directed by Ron Howard

L.A. Theatre Works

L.A. Theatre Works (LATW) is a not for profit media arts organization based in Los Angeles founded in 1984. The intent of the organization is to produce, preserve, and distribute classic and contemporary plays of significance. Along with its "live-in-performance" series (currently performed at the James Bridges Theatre on the UCLA campus), some productions are taken on national and international tours. Recordings of productions are posted on its website and available via Broadcast syndication as a weekly series on radio stations.Actors that have appeared in L.A. Theatre Works productions include John Lithgow, Annette Bening, Hilary Swank, Anne Heche, Ed Asner, Alfred Molina, Marsha Mason, Jason Ritter, David Strathairn, JoBeth Williams, Paul Giamatti, Neil Patrick Harris, Laurence Fishburne, Jimmy Smits, Héctor Elizondo, and Julie Harris among others.

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