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By prospect   July 2006

No villains like Nixon

The devil has the best tunes, and the villain the best roles. The return to the London stage in August of Richard Milhous Nixon is a welcome comeback for satanic charisma. The Broadway actor Frank Langella will be playing Nixon in Frost/Nixon, a new play at the Donmar Warehouse based on the interview conducted by David Frost in which Nixon confessed his Watergate guilt.

The first to spot Nixon’s stage potential was British playwright David Edgar, whose Dick Deterred (1974) was a pastiche verse parody of Richard III. Then John Adams composed the opera Nixon…

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