Opened 21 Aug 2006
Written: Peter Morgan
Directed: Michael Grandage
Produced: Donmar Warehouse
Cast: Michael Sheen, Frank Langella, Elliot Cowan, Corey Johnson, Vincent Marzello, Rufus Wright
Synopsis: In 1972, a break in was foiled at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel in Washington DC. Within days a connection had been made between the thieves and the White House and to President Nixons closest aids. It unleashed one of the greatest scandals in modern American politics and ended with Nixons humiliating resignation. David Frost's interviews with Richard Nixon drew the largest audience of a news interview ever. Could this British talk-show host, with no political convictions and a playboy reputation, be the one to elicit an apology from the man who committed one of the biggest felonies in American political history?
What the critics had to say.....
PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "A sharp, witty and haunting production...A canny, flawed, and fascinating piece." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "The result, even if it induces a dubious sympathy for the fallen president, is a gripping study of the politics of the media." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Absorbing production...Factual, fictional, it makes for riveting drama." NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Enthralling semi-documentary drama...Frank Langella's amazing performance, one which nobody interested in great acting should miss..." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "A terrific new play that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping and entertaining." ALEKS SIERZ for THE STAGE says, "A highly intelligent piece of political theatre that entertains as well as instructs." ALASTAIR MACAULAY for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "There are thrilling moments throughout."