The Playbill Vault Celebrates Tony Award Winner Frank Langella

By Megan Dekic
20 Jan 2014


On April 22, 2007, Peter Morgan's Frost/Nixon, a dramatization of the events surounding David Frost's 1977 television interviews with Richard Nixon, opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Langella starred as former President Nixon opposite Michael Sheen as journalist and television host Frost.

The production was directed by Michael Grandage, who at the time was the artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, where Frost/Nixon had its world premiere. Critics responded favorably; the New York Times' Ben Brantley commended Langella's "truly titanic performance" and described his portrayal of Nixon as "one of those made-for-the-stage studies in controlled excess in which larger-than-life seems truer-to-life than merely life-size ever could."

Langella earned his third Tony Award for his performance in Frost/Nixon. In 2008, he and Sheen reprised their roles for a film adaptation directed by Ron Howard.

Read the Frost/Nixon Playbill here.

Langella was last seen on Broadway in a Tony-nominated turn in Terence Rattigan's Man and Boy. Click here to read more about his theatrical history in the Vault.