Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asks the impossible and launches The Sun’s first editor’s quest: to give the people what they want. No matter the cost.
Following a sell-out season at the Almeida, Ink, written by James Graham (This House) and directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III), transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.
With a cast featuring Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Matilda) and Richard Coyle (The Associate, The Lover), this ruthless, red-topped new play leads with the birth of this country’s most influential newspaper.
James Graham said: “It’s been such a creatively rewarding experience, building this show at the Almeida. I’m in absolute awe of our actors and the creative team, led by Rupert. And grateful to the audiences who’ve been coming and supporting the work. After being given the chance to revive This House in the West End earlier this year I think it’s really exciting to see so many new and politically-engaged plays being given the chance to find a wider audience.”
Rupert Goold said: “I’m thrilled the Almeida’s production of Ink will transfer to the West End this autumn and that we are able to share James Graham’s brilliant play, together with Bunny Christie’s ingenious set design and our sensational company of actors, with a wider audience. Ink is a play about ambition, truth and the power of the press – and for that reason it has never felt a more timely and significant story to tell.”
Bertie Carvel’s theatre credits include: Bakkhai; Rope (for the Almeida); The Hairy Ape (The Old Vic); Damned by Despair; The Man of Mode; Life of Galileo; Coram Boy (National Theatre); Doctor Dee (Manchester International Festival); Matilda: The Musical (RSC/West End/Broadway); The Pride (Chichester/UK tour); Parade (Donmar Warehouse); Faustus (Etcetera Theatre); Professor Bernhardi; Rose Bernd (OSC/Arcola/Dumbfounded Theatre); Macbeth (Union Theatre/En Masse); Revelations (Hampstead Theatre); and as a director, Strife (Chichester). Television includes: Doctor Foster; Coalition; The Wrong Mans; Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell; Babylon; Restless; Hidden; The Crimson Petal & The White; Just William; Sherlock; Midsomer Murders; Waking The Dead; Primeval; John Adams; Doctor Who; Holby City; The Genius of Beethoven; Bombshell; Hawking. Film includes: Les Misérables. Bertie trained at RADA and got his first job in the BBC Radio Drama company, with whom he has performed in over fifty plays.
Richard Coyle’s theatre credits include: Macbeth (Park Avenue Armory); Polar Bears; After Miss Julie; Proof (Donmar Warehouse); The Lover/The Collection (West End); Look Back In Anger (Theatre Royal PRESS RELEASE: 17 July 2017 Bath); Don Carlos (Crucible, Sheffield/West End); The York Realist (Royal Court/West End). Television includes: Hard Sun; Born to Kill; The Fall; The Collection; AD; Crossbones; Life of Crime; Covert Affairs; Going Postal; Whistleblowers; The History of Mr Polly; Cracker; The Best Man; Gunpowder, Treason and Plot; Strange; Coupling. Film includes: The Food Guide to Love; Pusher; Grabbers; W.E.; 5 Days of War; Prince of Persia; Franklyn; A Good Year; The Libertine; Happy Now; Young Blades; Topsy-Turvy; Human Traffic; Jane Eyre.
Ink is James Graham’s Almeida debut. His work for theatre, television and film includes This House, which had two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, and a run at the Garrick Theatre in the West End, was broadcast to cinemas internationally by NT Live and will tour the UK early 2018; Finding Neverland (book) on Broadway; Privacy and The Vote (broadcast live on television on election night 2015) at the Donmar Warehouse; Coalition for Channel 4; Monster Raving Loony for Theatre Royal Plymouth and Soho Theatre, and The Whisky Taster at the Bush Theatre. He remains the writer in residence at the Finborough Theatre. His first feature film X+Y for BBC Films was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film Festival before an international cinema release in Spring 2015. James has been commissioned to write a TV drama set around the events of the 2016 Referendum and a film adaptation of 1984.
Rupert Goold is the Almeida’s Artistic Director where he has previously directed Richard III, which was broadcast live to cinemas around the world in July 2016, Medea, The Merchant of Venice, King Charles III and American Psycho, which opened on Broadway in April 2016. He was Artistic Director of Headlong from 2005 until 2013 where his work included The Effect, ENRON, Earthquakes in London and Decade.
Other theatre credits include Made in Dagenham in the West End; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at the Almeida; Macbeth at Chichester Festival Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway; and No Man’s Land at The Gate, Dublin and in the West End. He has twice been the recipient of the Laurence Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Director. He was Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009 to 2012 and was Artistic Director of Northampton Theatres from 2002 to 2005. On film he directed the BAFTA nominated Richard II, part of The Hollow Crown, and Macbeth for the BBC, feature True Story, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, and an adaptation of his production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for BBC Two. Rupert was awarded a CBE for services to drama in the 2017 New Year’s Honours.
Writer James Graham
Director Rupert Goold
Design Bunny Christie
Lighting Neil Austin
Sound & Composition Adam Cork
Video Jon Driscoll
Choreography & Movement Direction Lynne Page
Casting Anne McNulty CDG
Featuring Bertie Carvel as Rupert Murdoch and Richard Coyle as Larry Lamb.
Cast includes: Oliver Birch, Rachel Caffrey, Bertie Carvel, Pearl Chanda, Jonathan Coy, Richard Coyle, Geoffrey Freshwater, Jack Holden, Justin Salinger, Sophie Stanton, Tim Steed, Tony Turner and Rene Zagger. With Natalie Law, Andrew McDonald, Jonny McPherson, Owen Oldroyd and Joel Samuels.
Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises.
Australian newspaper magnate Rupert Murdoch, eager to disrupt the sanctified traditions of Fleet Street, and against all odds launches what will become this country’s most influential newspaper. His first editors request – Give the people what they want. And so it began.
Dates: Saturday 9 September 2017 – Saturday 6 January 2018
Opening Night: Tuesday 19 September, 7pm
Performance Times: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm
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Duke of York’s Theatre
45 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Booking From: 9th Sep 2017
Booking Until: 6th Jan 2018