"Hold the front page: this one's a smasher"
-Time Out-

"Hold the front page: a huge hit"
-Evening Standard-

"a titanic performance by Bertie Carvel"
-London Theatre-

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About the show

After a sold-out, critically acclaimed season at the Almeida Theatre, Rupert Goold’s production of James Graham’s new play Ink transfers to the West End. Playing for a limited season at the Duke of York’s Theatre, the drama follows a young Rupert Murdoch in his bid to build The Sun newspaper.

Based on the true story of Murdoch’s rise to infamy, Ink is the heralded play that sees the birth of one of the country’s most influential newspapers in 1969. Eager to disrupt the traditions of Fleet Street, Murdoch takes his opportunity to revolutionise the industry and launch his own paper, alongside its first editor, Larry Lamb.

Bertie Carvel leads the cast as Rupert Murdoch, with stage credits including The Hairy Ape at the Old Vic Theatre and his Olivier Award-winning role in Matilda the Musical. Further cast members include Richard Coyle (Coupling) as Larry Lamb, alongside Oliver Birch, Rachel Caffrey, Pearl Chanda, Geoffrey Freshwater, Jack Holden, Justin Salinger, David Schofield, Sophie Stanton, Tim Seed, Tony Turner and Rene Zagger.

Directed by Rupert Goold (King Charles III, Made in Dagenham), Ink is written by James Graham, whose political comedy Labour of Love is set to play at the Noel Coward Theatre. The production also features design by Bunny Christie, lighting design by Neil Austin, video design by Jon Driscoll and sound design and original compositions by Adam Cork.

A gripping drama that sees the meteoric rise of one of Britain’s most controversial papers, Ink plays at the Duke of York’s Theatre from September 9th 2017 to January 6th 2017, followed by the anticipated transfer of Mary Stuart.

Who Should See It?

Those who were too late to grab tickets for the run at the Almeida Theatre now have the opportunity to catch the production in the West End, starring one of theatre’s best actors. It’s also a brilliant chance to see an interesting piece of history on stage.

Ink is not suitable for children. Please note that this production uses real cigarettes.

Playing at

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Seating Plan

Duke of York's Theatre seating plan

Booking period

9th Sep 2017

22nd Feb 2020

6th Jan 2018

Running time

2 hours 50 minutes (including interval)