Jonathan Hyde and Daniel Rigby lead the company for the regional première of Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon

Jonathan Hyde

Jonathan Hyde

Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie today announced that Jonathan Hyde and Daniel Rigby will lead the company for Kate Hewitt’s regional première production of Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon. Hyde returns to Sheffield Theatres, where he recently played the title role in Hastie’s production of Julius Caesar, to play Richard Nixon, with Daniel Rigby as David Frost. The full company will be announced in the new year.

‘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.

Daniel Rigby

Daniel Rigby

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.

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.

Jonathan Hyde returns to Sheffield Theatres to play Richard Nixon – he previously appeared in the title role of Robert Hastie’s inaugural production as Artistic Director, Julius Caesar.  His theatre credits include Travels With My Aunt (Menier Chocolate Factory), The King’s Speech(UK tour and Wyndham’s Theatre), Rattigan’s Nijinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre), King LearThe Seagull (international tour), JumpersSleep With Me (National Theatre), Antigone (The Old Vic), The Rehearsal, Scenes from an Execution (Almeida Theatre), Julius CaesarThe Alchemist, ‘Tis Pity She’s A WhoreLes Liaisons Dangereuses (RSC) and Macbeth (Lyceum Theatre).  His recent television work includes The StrainTrollhuntersTokyo TrialIsaan Newton: The Last MagicianSpooks; and for film, BreatheTheaCrimson PeakThe Mummy and Titanic.

Daniel Rigby plays David Frost. For theatre, his work includes 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.

Kate Hewitt directs. She was the inaugural recipient of RTST Director Award Scheme and her production of Tribes opened earlier this 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).

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