Frost Nixon – It’s a good evening and very welcome..

Wednesday 16 August 2006

If seeing David Frost and Richard Nixon portrayed on stage isn’t enough of a curiosity, imagine the bizarre thrill of adding John Birt and Evonne Goolagong to the mix.

Indeed we thought this would be nothing more than curiosity. Could the story of David Frost’s seventies TV interviews with Nixon be interesting enough to drag us off the vino? Definitely! Andrew and I were happy to lose two hours of serious Merlot time to spend such an entertaining time at the Donmar.

Frost Nixon kicks off straight away and moves along at a pace that never lost our attention. Michael Sheen gets most of the laughs with his David Frost impersonation, and even if it’s more of a caricature than the excellent Frank Langella’s Nixon the strange combination works.

Langella has the growly Nixon gravitas of the ex President. The trouble is I found myself liking the man.Could Richard Nixon have been this entertaining? Frost too for that matter, but it does actually make you care what’s going to happen. It even makes you understand something about interviewing technique and the media. And there’s a strangely chilling moment at the end of the last interview brilliantly captured on the TV screens above the stage.

Directed by Michael (Evita-see below) Grandage and with the same designer this is a much more entertaining evening. Add Evita’s excellent wig man Richard Mawbey and we left with few things to whinge about.

Andrew even said it was one of the most entertaining things he’d seen at the theatre in a long time. Needless to say we celebrated with a bottle.

3 Responses to “Frost Nixon – It’s a good evening and very welcome..”

  1. […] Regular readers of the West End Whingers may recall that one of the few pieces of theatre to delight them this year was Frost/Nixon at the Donmar Warehouse. […]

  2. […] Our tip: Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan. This was the highlight of the WEW outings this year (remember our review?) It was certainly right up there with Kathleen Turner in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. […]

  3. […] B. Jacobs Theater (Theatre) was London transfer Frost/Nixon which also, and unusually, gained their personal double thumbs up. And what a starry first night it was. London openings seem to think themselves lucky to get Cilla […]

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