Next Stop Broadway: Frost/Nixon Ends West End Run Feb. 3

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Peter Morgan's post-Watergate play Frost/Nixon finishes its run at London's Gielgud Theatre Feb. 3. The West End production opened Nov. 15, 2006, following previews that began Nov. 9.

Michael Sheen in Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse.
Michael Sheen in Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo by Johan Persson

Michael Grandage’s production — which received its world premiere at the Donmar Warehouse last August — will keep its principal cast of Michael Sheen and Frank Langella — who play Frost and Nixon, respectively — when Morgan's play travels to New York.

Previews for the 20-week Broadway engagement of the London sensation begin March 31 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The official opening night is scheduled for April 22. In addition to Sheen and Langella, the New York company will feature Remy Auberjonois (as John Birt); Shira Gregory (as Evonne Goolagong); Corey Johnson (as Jack Brennan); Stephen Kunken (as Jim Reston); Stephen Rowe (as Swifty Lazar/Mike Wallace); Triney Sandoval (as Manolo Sanchez); Armand Schultz (as Bob Zelnick); and Sonya Walger (as Caroline Cushing).

According to the producers, "Frost/Nixon tackles the question: How did David Frost, a famous British talk-show host with a playboy reputation, elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon? The fast-paced new play shows the determination, conviction and cunning of two men as they square off in one of the most monumental political interviews of all time."

The play earned three recent Olivier Award nominations including Best New Play. British Sheen and American Langella (a two-time Tony Award winner) were also Olivier nominated (separately) in the category of Best Actor.

Frost/Nixon is Morgan's debut stage play. His screen credits include "The Queen," starring the Oscar-nominated Helen Mirren. The movie won a Best Screenplay Award at the Venice Film Festival. Langella is one of the U.S.'s most popular film, television and stage stars. Best known for his role as Dracula (1979), he recently appeared in George Clooney's "Good Night and Good Luck" but made his Broadway debut in the 1960's and won his first Tony Award for Edward Albee's Seascape (1975). In between, he has ranged onstage between Strindberg (The Father) to Noel Coward (Present Laughter). He has also been a regular at New York's Shakespeare Festival. Other Broadway credits include Amadeus, and Turgenev's Fortune's Fool (2002, adapted by English writer Mike Poulton) in which he played opposite Alan Bates and for which he won a second Tony.

Sheen’s previous Donmar production resulted in an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of Caligula. Other stage credits include The U.N. Inspector at the National and on Broadway, Amadeus in Peter Hall’s 1999 revival of Peter Shaffer’s Tony-winning play.

Grandage currently has two musical productions in the West End with his revivals of Guys and Dolls and Evita.

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Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in the British production of <i>Frost/Nixon</i>.
Michael Sheen and Frank Langella in the British production of Frost/Nixon. Photo by Johan Persson
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