Rupert Murdoch Story ‘Ink’ Sets Broadway Bow At Manhattan Theatre Club

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the Broadway premiere next April of the West End hit Ink, a play about Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of UK tabloid The Sun.

Ink was written by James Graham, an Olivier Award winner whose credits include Labour of Love and Finding Neverland. The production is directed by Rupert Goold, whose past work includes King Charles III and Enron. Good is also artistic director of the Almeida Theatre.

The cast and creative team for Ink will be announced at a later date, MTC said. The show will begin previews on April 2 prior to opening on April 24, 2019 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

The play’s UK production last year elicited praise from critics, who noted the resonance of the topic given how the road has turned since 1969, when Murdoch bought the paper when he was an Australian would-be mogul on the rise. Today, he is intertwined with the presidency as the overseer of Fox News and frequent adviser to longtime friend Donald Trump. While the action of the play is set nearly 50 years ago, the parallels with today are unmistakable.

In 1969 London, the play shows brash, young Murdoch buying the struggling Sun, and setting out to make it a must-read which will destroy — and ultimately horrify — the competition. Murdoch hires rogue editor Larry Lamb, who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters. Together, they quickly show their readers and competitors they will go to any lengths for success.

A grant from the Roy Cockrum Foundation helped make the Ink production possible, the MTC said.

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