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.