Drawing: Frank Langella in Frost/Nixon and The Father

Frank Langella

Frank Langella has won four Tony Awards. His latest was for his role as Andre in Florian Zeller’s THE FATHER this year. He played Richard Nixon, the only US President to resign the office in Peter Morgan’s FROST/NIXON at London’s Donmar Warehouse and the Gielgud before transferring to Broadway’s Bernard B Jacobs Theatre in April 2007, winning his third Tony. He reprised the role in the film version the following year, earning Oscar, Globe,SAG and BAFTA Award nominations.

I sent Frank this sketch of him in both roles while he was in THE FATHER at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre last month and he signed it with his unique abbreviated initials graph.

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Drawing: Rebecca Charles in The Father

Rebecca Charles

Rebecca Charles is one of those ‘faces’ that are very familiar but you can’t quite put a name to her. She’s been in every major TV and Film production from BRIDGET JONES DIARY, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE to THE OFFICE, CASUALTY, HEATBEAT, THE BILL… in fact everything.

Rebecca is currently on stage in the  Florian Zeller’s moving and award-winning THE FATHER which has returned to the West End. Originating at the Theatre Royal Bath, based on a translation by Christopher Hampton, which was  commissioned  by the Theatre’s Ustinov Studio, it transferred to London’s Tricycle Theatre before moving to Wyndham’s in the West End last year. Along with recently Olivier- nominated lead Kenneth Cranham, Rebecca has been part of the production from the beginning, which now includes a short season at the Duke of York’s, where she signed my sketch last Saturday afternoon.

Drawing: Kenneth Cranham and Claire Skinner in The Father

Kenneth Cranham Claire Skinner The Father

‘The most acclaimed new play of the decade’, The Father has just transferred to London’s Wyndham’s Theatre for a limited 8-week run after it’s UK tour. Receiving an unprecedented nine 5-star reviews from all of the British major newspaper critics and winner of France’s highest theatrical honour, the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play, this Theatre Royal Bath and Tricycle Theatre production is based on Christopher Hampton’s ‘crisp and witty’ adaption of French playwright Florian Zeller’s savagely honest study of dementia. Tony and Olivier Award nominees Kenneth Cranham as the titular character Andre and Claire Skinner as his daughter Anne lead the superb cast. The Telegraph’s Dominic Cavendish wrote,”One of the most absorbing and distressing portraits of dementia I’ve ever seen.” The writer wants the audience to ‘get lost in a mental labyrinth’, not to simply be a witness of the effects of Alzheimer’s, but to actually feel the confusion and the devastating realisation and loss of what is slipping away. In many reviews it was reported that the final scene has most of the audience sobbing and some having to be helped from the auditorium.

The stage doors of both the Wyndham’s and Noel Coward Theatre’s open out onto a small shared alleyway. Photograph 51 with Nicole Kidman is currently running at the later, attracting a large crowd for it’s A-list star, which means The Father cast can be a little difficult to find emerging at the same time, especially on a Saturday night. Howeve, I managed to locate both Kenneth and Claire to sign my sketch.