Following its current sell-out season at the Almeida Theatre, which finishes on 5 August, the premiere of Ink, written by James Graham and directed by Rupert Goold, transfers to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season. It runs from 9 September to 6 January 2018, with a press night on 19 September. TICKETS NOW ON SALE VIA MYTHEATREMATES.
Ink will be the second new James Graham play opening in the West End in September. His play about the Labour Party, Labour of Love starring Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire, is at the Noel Coward Theatre from 15 September to 2 December 2017. Both new plays follow the West End season of Graham’s 2012 play This House earlier this year.
Ink, with a cast led by Bertie Carvel as Rupert Murdoch and Richard Coyle as Larry Lamb, is a “ruthless, red-topped new play” that leads with the birth of this country’s most influential newspaper. 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.
Over 20,000 tickets for the West End run of Ink will be on sale at £20 or less with tickets at all performances from just £10.
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.