- Ink is 2 Hours and 20 Mins long, including an intermission of 15 minutes
- Previews Began: April 2, 2019
- Opens April 24, 2019
- Show Closes: Open ended
Ink is the brilliant true story of billionaire Richard Murdoch's rise to success. In 1969 Murdoch was just beginning to build his media empire in London when he acquired a failing newspaper, The Sun. This failing paper would go on to be Britain’s most influential newspaper and the foundation of Murdoch’s media empire, but not without its own scandal.
Ink on Broadway Background
Ink is an exhilarating new play by Olivier Award winner James Graham (Finding Neverland, Labour of Love, The Angry Brigade). Graham was inspired by the change in media consumption due to social media and society’s obsession with tabloids. When he began writing the show in 2016 the populist wave was spreading across England and was heavily reflected in media. It reminded him of The Sun’s populist stance when Murdoch first acquired the paper.
The show made its world premiere in summer 2017 at the Almeida Theatre. After a sold-out run at the Almeida the show transferred to London's West End. The acclaimed West End production garnered four Olivier Award nominations with Bertie Carvel, who originated the role of Murdoch, taking home the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. The Almeida Artistic Director and two-time Olivier Award winner Rupert Goold (Macbeth, Richard II) is directing the Broadway transfer.
What’s Ink Like?
Before he was a media mogul, Richard Murdoch was a young Australian newspaper owner just entering the British media market. After purchasing The Sun, Murdoch persuades rogue editor Larry Lamb to join the team. Together they transform the broadsheet newspaper into the infamous tabloid it is today.
The play fosters an interesting dialogue about the impact media has on politics and the role of journalists in society. As a result, Murdoch spends a decent amount of time off-stage for a biographical play. This play is as relevant as ever as The Sun is the most circulated newspaper in Britain and was one of the forces believed to swing the “Brexit” vote. And of course for American audiences, the role of journalists and the media has become an ever-present conversation in Trump's America.
Is Ink Good for Kids?
Ink is not suitable for children due to its adult themes, sexuality and profane dialogue
Samuel J Friedman Theatre
New York, NY 10019
Manhattan Theatre Club
The Almeida Theatre
Sonia Friedman Productions
- James Graham
- Rupert Goold
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- Florie Seery at Manhattan Theatre Club
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