About the show
The Sun continues to rise with the West End transfer of hit play Ink to Duke of York’s Theatre.
Following its critically acclaimed and sold-out world premiere at Almeida Theatre, James Graham’s Ink transfers to Duke of York’s Theatre.
Set in 1969, Ink tells the engrossing story of The Sun newspaper’s journey from little-known news-sheet to the most influential and notorious paper in Britain. The fortunes of The Sun are, quite literally, tied to those of Rupert Murdoch. The play delves into the early days of Murdoch’s career as he began creating one of the biggest media empires of modern times.
Stars Bertie Carvel and Richard Coyle reprise their roles for the West End transfer. Carvel plays a young Murdoch, while Richard Coyle performs as Larry Lamb, the editor of The Sun. Lamb’s legacy at the newspaper includes inventing the Page Three topless photo shoot.
Acclaimed performer Carvel previously created the role of Miss Trunchbull in hit show Matilda The Musical. His TV credits include Doctor Foster and also Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Coyle’s London stage credits include Polar Bears and After Miss Julie at Donmar Warehouse. His TV performances include Coupling and Going Postal.
Oliver Birch, Rachel Caffrey, Pearl Chanda, Geoffrey Freshwater, Jack Holden, Justin Salinger, Sophie Stanton, Tim Steed, Tony Turner, Rene Zagger, Jonathan Coy, Natalie Law, Andrew McDonald, Jonny McPherson, Owen Oldroyd and Joel Samuels complete the cast.
Rupert Goold, Artistic Director of Almeida Theatre, directs the production.
Never say journalists don’t like watching plays about themselves. The Times, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Evening Standard, Mail on Sunday and The Stage all give Ink four stars. Michael Billington, writing in the Guardian, describes the play as a “first-rate drama”. He goes on to say that it is “breezy, often very funny”.
With the Leveson Inquiry still fresh in the public memory, Ink is the latest work from a playwright known for his sharp takes on momentous events in political history. Graham’s other plays include This House and also Labour Of Love.
Ink runs at Duke of York’s Theatre from 9 September 2017 – 6 January 2018.