Tony Award winning new play by Peter Morgan, the award-winning author of The Queen and The Last King of Scotland, will embark on a national tour with award
winning actor Stacy Keach, portraying the role of President Richard Nixon. The
role of David Frost has not yet been cast.
Michael Grandage, who directed the original London and Broadway productions, will direct
the tour. The tour will hit the road in
the fall of 2008 with plans to play America's leading theater cities.
"How was it that a famous British talk-show host, with a
playboy reputation, was the one to elicit the apology that the rest of the
world was waiting to hear from a former U.S. President? This fast-paced new
play takes audiences into the minds of Richard Nixon and David Frost and shows
the determination, conviction and lengths that these two men, and their closest
confidantes, went to as they took the stage in one of the most hard fought political
interviews in history," describe press notes.
debuted in a sold-out run at London's Donmar
Warehouse before transferring to the West End,
winning a 2007 Evening Standard Award. The show opened on Broadway in April
2007 and played a limited five month engagement where it garnered Tony
nominations for Best Play and Best Direction.
Peter Morgan's first stage play and was developed with Matthew Byam Shaw. He
received the Best Screenplay Award at the 2006 Venice Film Festival for The Queen starring Helen Mirren and
Michael Sheen. The Queen also earned
Morgan Golden Globe, New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics and
British Independent Film Awards and an Oscar nomination for his screenplay. His
other current film work includes The Last
King of Scotland, which earned Morgan a British Independent Film Award nomination.
Other films include Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence, and the recently-released
The Other Boleyn Girl with Scarlett
Johansson. His film Longford is
currently playing on HBO.
Designs for Frost/Nixon
are by Christopher Oram, with lighting by Neil Austin, and the music &
sound score by Adam Cork. Video design is by Jon Driscoll.
Stacy Keach (President Richard Nixon) has devoted much of
his theatrical career to the classics, playing the title roles in Richard III and Macbeth for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC,
Coriolanus, Cyrano de Bergerac, Peer Gynt,
Falstaff in both parts of Henry IV, Edmund in King Lear and the title role in three different productions of Hamlet.
Most recently he played the title role in the Goodman Theatre's
critically acclaimed modern adaptation of King
Lear. He rose to prominence in 1966
in the off-Broadway political satire MacBird,
which won him the first of three Obie Awards.
He made his Broadway debut in Arthur Kopit's Indians in 1969, winning a best actor Tony nomination. Other Broadway credits include Deathtrap, Solitary Confinement and The
Kentucky Cycle, for which he won a Helen Hayes Award.
The tour route and full casting information will be
Stacy Keach (photo by Thomas Duffe)