Having shrewdly exposed party politics in This House (National Theatre 2012; Garrick Theatre 2016) and state surveillance in Privacy (Donmar Warehouse 2014), James Graham turns his attention to the tabloid press in a new play premiering at the Almeida Theatre. Ink takes us back to 1960s Fleet Street to chart the rise of the Sun newspaper. Tony-winning Bunny Christie is designing the sets and head of the Almeida Rupert Goold directs.
The rule of the red tops is traced back to its inception. Instead of the media mogul we know (and largely loathe) we see a young, rebellious Rupert Murdoch. Before the age of page three girls and propaganda we see editors going against the grain of broadsheet formality and fact to give readers what they want. Olivier winner Bertie Carvel (The Hairy Ape, Old Vic; Bakkhai, Almeida Theatre; Matilda the Musical, Cambridge Theatre) plays a young Murdoch.
With all the pace, scoops and tactics of tabloid fodder at its core, Ink is theatre at its juiciest. But in James Graham's capable hands the historic story is told with plenty of chilling contemporary resonance.
|What||INK West End transfer: Duke of York's Theatre|
Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1TA | MAP
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
17 Jun 17 – 05 Aug 17, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
09 Sep 17 – 06 Jan 18, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||££10 - £65|
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