James Graham’s play Ink is set in 1969, a time when media mogul Rupert Murdoch was trying to make it big on Fleet Street. Ink follows him on his quest to establish what would become Britain's most influential newspaper - The Sun. Murdoch enlists the help of newspaper editor Larry Lamb to in Murdoch's words, "to create a popular paper for the masses”.

The production opened at the Almeida in June 2017, and starred Bertie Carvel and Richard Coyle. It is directed by the Almeida’s artistic director Rupert Goold. 

Bertie Carvel plays The Sun’s owner Rupert Murdoch. Carvel won an Olivier Award in 2012 for playing the role of Miss Trunchbull in Tim Minchin’s musical Matilda. His other stage roles include Enrico in Damned By Despair at the National and Yank in The Hairy Ape at The Old Vic. He also starred in the BBC One historical fantasy series Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in 2015.

Richard Coyle plays The Sun editor Larry Lamb. Coyle led the cast of Peter Gill’s 2002 stage premiere of The York Realist and went on to appear alongside Gwyneth Paltrow in the Donmar Warehouse production of Proof.

James Graham is renowned for his gripping political writing. His play This House was set during the hung Parliament of 1974, and ran at the National and the Garrick. The Vote was set at a London polling station during the last 90 minutes of polling, and was broadcast live on the night of the 2015 election.

Ink ran at the Almeida Theatre from 27 June to 5th August 2017. The Almeida cast included Oliver Birch, Rachel Caffrey, Pearl Chanda, Geoffrey Freshwater, Jack Holden, Justin Salinger, David Schofield, David Schofield, Sophie Stanton, Tim Steed, Tony Turner and Rene Zagger.

Running time: 
3 hours (One interval)
About Ink:

Ink is set in 1969 when Rupert Murdoch was far from the billionaire media mogul he is today. He bought The Sun¸ which at the time was a failing broadsheet newspaper, and had a vision to transform it into the publication as we know it today. He enlists Larry Lamb as the paper’s editor, and together they work on making a paper for the masses. The play tracks the history of the paper’s first year as they aim to overtake the Daily Mirror as the best-selling newspaper in the world.

James Graham
Sonia Friedman
Rupert Goold
Neil Austin
Bunny Christie
Cast list:
Bertie Carvel (Rupert Murdoch), Richard Coyle (Larry Lamb) Oliver Birch, Rachel Caffrey, Pearl Chanda, Geoffrey Freshwater, Jack Holden, Justin Salinger, Sophie Stanton, Tim Steed, Tony Turner and Rene Zagger, Jonathan Coy
Ink Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Saturday, 9 September, 2017
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 19 September, 2017
Available from: 
Wednesday, 27 September, 2017
Saturday, 6 January, 2018
Booking to: 
Saturday, 6 January, 2018

Duke of York's Theatre

45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square

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Our Review

I can't remember the last time a young British playwright had not one but two news plays running side-by-side on the same London theatre street, but that's the singular achievement of James Graham, who is not yet 35 years old, and whose play Ink has newly transferred to the Duke of York's. His even newer play Labour of Love is set to begin its world premiere run, direct into the West End's... Read more

"Make the paper you want, I trust you", Rupert Murdoch tells the editor he has newly appointed to take charge of his recently acquired title The Sun -- then a broadsheet selling less than 800,000 copies and falling. "I just want something.... loud." And that's what this noisy sprawl of a play gives us, too, as it recounts the first year of The Sun's 1968 relaunch under the stewardship of... Read more

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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Almeida production of James Graham's Ink is set to transfer to the West End later this year following a sell-out run at the Islington venue.  Graham's play is set in 1969 as Rupert Murdoch buys The Sun newspaper, which was a failing broadsheet paper at the time. Murdoch enlists the help of Larry Lamb as the paper’s editor, and together they set about creating a publication for the masses, set to rival the Daily Mirror as the world’s biggest-selling newspaper. 

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