Screenwriter Peter Morgan has already explored power-broking in high places in The Deal, his TV drama about the Blair-Brown relationship. In his first stage play, he revisits the political and media world of 1977 when talk-show host David Frost’s historic television clash with disgraced American president Richard Nixon drew the largest audience ever for a news interview.
With Nixon desperate to claw back some semblance of credibility after the Watergate scandal and Frost hoping to make the biggest career move of his life, the scene is set for an extraordinary confrontation, ending in Nixon’s public admission of his crimes after years of lies and subterfuge.
First night critics agreed that Morgan’s script, Michael Grandage’s production and central performances by Michael Sheen (as Frost) and Frank Langella (Nixon) all combine to turn trial by television into a gripping theatrical experience.
- by Roger Foss