Ink

We can always give thanks to London for exporting world class dramas and comedies to our shores and there are many reasons to be grateful for James Graham’s Ink – a 2018 Olivier Award nominee for “Best New Play”.

Set in 1969, the play follows media mogul Rupert Murdoch on his uncompromising mission to dominate the British printed press with a newspaper that would appeal to the UK’s Everyman by the masses. After the purchase of The Sun and the hiring of Larry Lamb as his unlikely editor, we discover the lengths Murdoch, Lamb and his team of reporters will go to (and the depths they will stoop to) to beat the competition.

Ink began its life Off-West End at the immensely influential Almeida Theatre under the helm of its Artistic Director (and Tony Award nominee) Rupert Goold. Bertie Carvel, a Tony Award nominee in his own right for his deliciously menacing portrayal of headmistress Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical, originated the role of Rupert Murdoch at the Almeida in the summer of 2017 and, after rave reviews, reprised the role during its West End transfer at the Duke of York’s Theatre from September 2017 to January 2018. He also went on to win his second Olivier Award (his first being for Matilda) at the 2018 ceremony.

Luckily for New York audiences, Bertie Carvel has agreed to return to Broadway to reprise that Olivier Award-winning performance and he is joined in the cast by fellow Brit Jonny Lee Miller, himself an Olivier Award winner for his breath-taking portrayal of both Victor Frankenstein and his creature (alternating the roles at each performance with Benedict Cumberbatch) in the National Theatre’s 2011 production of Frankenstein. To American audiences, he’s perhaps best known for his TV role as Sherlock Holmes (opposite Lucy Liu as Dr. Watson) on CBS' "Elementary", as well as his cult role as Sickboy in Danny Boyle’s two “Trainspotting” films.

Playwright James Graham previously made his Broadway debut, penning the book for the 2015 Broadway premiere of Finding Neverland, but makes his straight play debut with Ink. He made his Off-Broadway debut in the summer of 2016 with Privacy, starring Daniel Radcliffe, at the Public Theater and in London, he is widely known for his Olivier Award-winning comedy Labour of Love and his Olivier-nominated political masterpiece This House.

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the American premiere of Ink as part of its 2018-2019 Broadway season as a co-production with the Almeida Theatre and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Stop the press and book yourself a ticket, before the ink runs dry!

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
2hrs 50mins (including 1 intermission)
9 images
About Ink:

It’s 1969 London. The brash young Rupert Murdoch purchases a struggling paper, The Sun, and sets out to make it a must-read smash which will destroy - and ultimately horrify - the competition. He brings on rogue editor Larry Lamb who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters. Together, they will go to any lengths for success and the race for the most ink is on!

By:
James Graham
Producer:
Manhattan Theatre Club, Almeida Theatre & Sonia Friedman Productions
Director:
Rupert Goold
Lighting:
Neil Austin
Sound:
Adam Cork
Design:
Bunny Christie
Choreography:
Lynne Page
Costume:
Bunny Christie
Cast list:
Bertie Carvel (as Rupert Murdoch) and Jonny Lee Miller (as Larry Lamb), alongside David Wilson Barnes (as Brian McConnell), Bill Buell (as Frank Nicklin/Hetherington/Percy Roberts), Andrew Durand (as Beverly/Christopher Timothy), Eden Marryshow (as Ray Mills/Lee Howard), Colin McPhillamy (as Sir Alick/Rees-Mogg/Chapel Father), Erin Neufer (as Anna Murdoch/Diana/Chrissie/Apprentice), Kevin Pariseau (as Bench Hand/TV Host/Croiset), Rana Roy (as Stephanie Rahn), Michael Siberry (as Hugh Cudlipp), Robert Stanton (as Bernard Shrimsley/Brittenden), and Tara Summers (as Joyce Hopkirk/Muriel McKay)
Other info:
Original Music by Adam Cork, Projection Design by Jon Driscoll, Dialect Coaching by Ben Furey and Music Direction by Julie McBride
Ink Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
April 2, 2019
Opening date: 
April 24, 2019
Closes: 
July 7, 2019
MatineeEvening
Monday--
Tuesday-7pm
Wednesday2pm7pm
Thursday-7pm
Friday-8pm
Saturday2pm8pm
Sunday2pm-

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Latest Ink News & Features

Jonny Lee Miller & Bertie Carvel in Ink
A New York Theatre Guide to... Ink!
May 1, 2019

Stop the Press!!! Manhattan Theatre Club’s American premiere of Ink has hit the headlines with a highly respectable total of six Tony Award nominations, so we thought it’s about high time we brought you our New York Theatre Guide to… Ink! Read all about it, folks!

Jonny Lee Miller & Bertie Carvel in Ink
Manhattan Theatre Club's Ink extends for a third time on Broadway
May 1, 2019

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced a second third extension for its current American premiere of Ink, which has just recently received six Tony Award nominations including "Best Play". Written by Olivier Award winner James Graham and directed by Tony Award nominee Rupert Goold, the production began performances at Broadway's Samuel J Friedman Theatre on April 2, 2019 and was originally scheduled to conclude its limited engagement on June 9, 2019.

Jonny Lee Miller & Bertie Carvel in Ink
Manhattan Theatre Club's Ink extends for a second time on Broadway
April 23, 2019

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced a second 1-week extension for its current American premiere of Ink, which is scheduled for an official opening at Broadway's Samuel J Friedman Theatre tomorrow evening. Written by Olivier Award winner James Graham and directed by Tony Award nominee Rupert Goold, the production began performances on April 2, 2019 and was originally scheduled to conclude its limited engagement on June 9, 2019. After an initial extension through to June 16, the limited engagement will now come to a close on June 23, 2019.

Jonny Lee Miller & Bertie Carvel in Ink
Official Broadway production photos released for Ink, starring Bertie Carvel & Jonny Lee Miller
April 11, 2019

Manhattan Theatre Club has now released official Broadway production photos for its current American premiere of Ink, written by Olivier Award winner James Graham and directed by Tony Award nominee Rupert Goold, which began previews at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre on April 2, 2019. An official opening is scheduled for April 24 and the extended engagement is currently set to run through to June 16, 2019.

Bertie Carvel in the West End production of Ink
Ink, starring Bertie Carvel & Jonny Lee Miller, begins performances on Broadway
April 2, 2019

Manhattan Theatre Club's American premiere of Ink, written by Olivier Award winner James Graham and directed by Tony Award nominee Rupert Goold, begins previews at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre tonight, ahead of an official opening on April 24. The limited engagement was yesterday extended through to June 16, 2019.

Bertie Carvel in the West End production of Ink
Manhattan Theatre Club's Ink extends limited run at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
April 1, 2019

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced a 1-week extension ahead of tomorrow's first preview performance of the American premiere of Ink, written by Olivier Award winner James Graham and directed by Tony Award nominee Rupert Goold. Originally scheduled to conclude its limited engagement at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre on June 9, 2019, the production will now end its run on June 16. An official opening is scheduled for April 24.

Our Ink Review

James Graham has become one of Britain's busiest and most prolific younger playwrights -- not yet 40, he's already had two plays running side-by-side in the West End simultaneously when Ink transferred in 2017 from the Almeida to the Duke of York's and soon after the Michael Grandage Company premiered the Olivier Award-winning Labour of Love next door at the Noel Coward Theatre. And he's since... Read more