Hold the front page, Bertie Carvel and Richard Coyle are to star as newspaper baron Rupert Murdock and editor Larry Lamb in James Graham’s probe into red-top journalism, Ink, which opens at London’s Almeida Theatre next month.
Graham, whose political drama, This House, saw day trips from Westminster so that ministers and MPs could view the drama, follows it with a front page expose on The Sun newspaper.
It’s Fleet Street, 1969, and The Sun is about to rise. James Graham’s ruthless, new play leads with the birth of this country’s most influential newspaper – when a young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asked the impossible and launched its first editor’s quest, against all odds, to give the people what they want.
The full company is Bertie Carvel, Rachel Caffrey, Pearl Chanda, Richard Coyle, Geoffrey Freshwater, Jack Holden, Justin Salinger, David Schofield, Sophie Stanton, Tim Steed, Tony Turner and Rene Zagger.
Bertie Carvel returns to the Almeida stage, having previously performed in Bakkhai, as part of the Almeida Greeks season, and Rope.
He created the role of Miss Trunchbull in Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s Matilda, The Musical at the RSC, on West End and Broadway (Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination).
His other theatre credits include The Hairy Ape at The Old Vic; The Pride at the Royal Court; Parade at the Donmar Warehouse; Damned by Despair; The Man of Mode, The Life of Galileo and Coram Boy at the National Theatre; and Doctor Dee at Manchester International Festival.
Television credits include James Graham’s Coalition; Doctor Foster; Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell; The Wrong Mans; Babylon; Restless; Hidden; Sherlock; Just William; The Crimson Petal and The White; John Adams; Doctor Who; John Adams and Hawking.
Richard Coyle’s theatre credits include After Miss Julie and Proof at the Donmar Warehouse; The Lover and The Collection at the Comedy Theatre; Don Carlos at the Sheffield Crucible and in the West End; Look Back In Anger at the Theatre Royal, Bath; and The York Realist at the Royal Court and in the West End.
In runs at the Almeida from June 17 until August 5.