The red-top satire, Ink, which charts the rebirth and rise of Britain’s Sun newspaper, is transferring to the West End after a soaraway sell-out run at London’s Almeida Theatre.
James Graham’s tabloid sensation (read Stage Review’s verdictHERE), directed by the Almeida’s Rupert Goold and starring Bertie Carvel and Richard Coyle, moves into the Duke of York’s Theatre this September.
Set in the dying days of Fleet Street in 1969 Bertie Carvel plays thrusting Australian press baron Rupert Murdoch and Coyle is Sun editor Larry Lamb as the pair attempt to rebrand and rebuild The Sun into the nation’s favourite daily.
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); Matilda: The Musical RSC/West End /Broadway); The Pride (Chichester/UK tour).
Richard Coyle’s theatre credits include After Miss Julie; Proof (Donmar Warehouse); The Lover/ The Collection (West End); Look Back In Anger (Theatre Royal Bath); Don Carlos (Crucible, Sheffield/West End); The York Realist (Royal Court/ West End).
Ink runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre from September 9-January 6.