Photo Flash: First Look at FROST/NIXON at Sheffield Theaters
'To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. I have never been a quitter.'
In 1974 Richard Nixon became the only US President in history to resign from office, immersed in one of the biggest scandals in American political history: Watergate.
For David Frost, international socialite and well-known chat show host, an access all areas interview with a fallen President is the career-defining opportunity of a lifetime.
Nixon seeks absolution, Frost is pushing for confession. Both want to control the story, only one can emerge the victor.
A captivating dramatization of the post-Watergate TV interviews, Kate Hewitt directs this landmark play in the first British production since its award-winning 2006 debut. The play was later adapted into a major feature film.
Simon Bubb's recent theatre credits include Burning Bridges (Theatre503), Far From the Madding Crowd (Watermill Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare's Globe), People (National Theatre and UK tour) and Noises Off (UK tour); and his recent television credits include Born to Kill.
Ben Dilloway's recent theatre credits include Pride and Prejudice (Regent's Park Theatre), The Iliad (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), Chicken (Paines Plough and HighTide), Of Mice and Men (Birmingham Rep), The Silver Tassie (National Theatre) and If You Don't Let Us Dream, We Won't Let You Sleep (Royal Court Theatre); and his recent television credits include New Blood.
Steven Elder's recent theatre credits include Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare's Globe), 1984 (Headlong), Yours for the Asking, Mottled Lines (Orange Tree), Sour Lips (Oval House Theatre) and All My Sons (Apollo Theatre). His recent television credits include Apple Tree Yard, Endeavour and Our Girl.
Jonathan Hyde returns to Sheffield Theatres where he previously appeared in the title role of Robert Hastie's inaugural production as Artistic Director, Julius Caesar (Crucible Theatre). His theatre credits include Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory), The King's Speech (UK tour and Wyndham's), Rattigan's Nijinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre), King Lear, The Seagull (international tour), Jumpers, Sleep With Me (National Theatre), Antigone (The Old Vic), The Rehearsal, Scenes from an Execution (Almeida Theatre), Julius Caesar, The Alchemist, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Macbeth (Lyceum Theatre). His recent television work includes The Strain, Trollhunters, Tokyo Trial, Isaan Newton: The Last Magician, Spooks; and for film, Breathe, Thea, Crimson Peak, The Mummy and Titanic.
Daniel Rigby's recent theatre credits include Twelfth Night (National Theatre), Breaking the Code (Manchester Royal Exchange), Holes (Arcola Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre and Broadway) and Ninagawa's Hamlet (Barbican). His television work includes Plebs, Gap Year, Sick Note, Flowers, Jericho, Big School Cardinal Burns, Eric and Ernie (BAFTA Television Award for Best Actor) and The Street; and for film, Flyboys.
Vidal Sancho's recent theatre credits include The American Wife (Park Theatre), La Traviata (Royal Opera House), Litus (Cervantes Theatre) and Vitellini (Old Red Lion).
Celina Sinden makes her professional stage debut in Frost/Nixon. Her recent television credits include Reign.
Kate Spencer returns to Sheffield Theatres following her performances in A Long Morning Quiet and Rift (Crucible Theatre). Her recent theatre credits include Alice in Wonderland (Octagon Theatre), Rapid Response (Derby Theatre), The Hunting of the Snark (Sherman Theatre and Hong Kong's Academy of Performing Arts), The Macbeth Curse (Prime Theatre and The Octagon Theatre) and Abstains (20:20Vision).
Dan Starkey's recent theatre credits include The 39 Steps, The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (UK tours) and Muswell Hill (Orange Tree Theatre). For television his credits include Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Wizards vs Aliens, Inside No. 9 and Class Dismissed.
David Sturzaker's recent theatre credits include Nell Gywnn (Apollo Theatre), Richard II, The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare's Globe), Eternal Love, Anne Boleyn (Shakespeare's Globe and English Touring Theatre), The White Devil (Royal Shakespeare Company) and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester Festival Theatre and Duchess Theatre) and his television credits include Doctors.
Peter Morgan's other work for theatre includes The Audience. His television work includes The Crown, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, The Jury, The Special Relationship, Longford, Colditz, Henry VIII and The Deal; and for film, Rush, 360, Hereafter, State of Play, The Damned United, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Last King of Scotland and The Queen.
Kate Hewitt directs. She was the inaugural recipient of RTST Director Award Scheme and her production of Tribes opened last year at Sheffield Theatres. Her other theatre work includes Kiki's Delivery Service, Tomcat (Southwark Playhouse), Romeo and Juliet (NYT at Ambassador's Theatre), Portrait (Edinburgh Festival, UK Tour and Bush Theatre's RADAR Festival), and in 2014 she won the JMK Director's Award for her production Far Away (Young Vic). As associate director, her work includes Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Medea (Headlong and UK tour), Electra (Gate Theatre and Latitude Festival 2011), and One Love: The Bob Marley Musical (Birmingham Rep).
Photos by Mark Douet
Frost/NIxon at Sheffield Theatres
The Cast of Frost/Nixon