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Ink at the Duke of York's

The Sun newspaper was born in 1969 on London's famous Fleet Street. The young Rupert Murdoch sent it rocketing to fame and fortune, creating a new kind of tabloid that gave 'the people' what they wanted. And he didn't care what it cost – Murdoch was determined to succeed. Welcome to Ink.

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Booking from: Saturday, 9 September 2017
Booking until: Saturday, 6 January 2018
Running time: 3 hours (One interval)

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Love it or hate it, The Sun newspaper is still being published, still a favourite after almost fifty years. This is its story, told by the brilliant James Graham, a political playwright known and loved for teasing out the exceptional stories that lie behind some of the most obscure historical episodes and bringing them to vibrant life on stage. Like all Graham's work, it's bang up to date and packed with contemporary relevance.

The Duke of York's theatre is your venue for this very special event, on stage for a strictly limited season following a sell-out smash at the Almeida theatre. The show is directed by the talented Rupert Goold, who also directed King Charles III, and stars Bertie Carvel as Murdoch. Carvel absolutely wowed audiences in Doctor Foster and Matilda, and he's joined by Richard Coyle playing Sun editor Larry lamb, a highly respected actor who made The Associate and The Lover his own. Geoffrey Freshwater plays Sir Alick McKay to perfection, and Sophie Stanton and Tim Steed make things even more special.

This is hot stuff. It's fast, furious and loud. As The Guardian newspaper says, “Ink is aptly noisy – verbally and visually; Bunny Christie’s design sends headlines swarming all over the back of the stage on a rickety, cleverly cantilevered mound of desks. The sound of typewriters rings out like tap dancers. The action – this is a Rupert Goold trademark – is often on the cusp of a chorus line. Its best numbers – a vivid mime of hot-metal printing with molten lead waterfalling down the stage.

Ink really is a play for today. And if the critics are right it's set to be a super-smash of a show: powerful, modern and speaking volumes about today's world even though it's set in 1969. If you adore great historical drama, don't miss it.

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