Lincoln Center Theater

New play 'Corruption' to premiere off Broadway with Lincoln Center Theater

The play, written by J.T. Rogers, is based on Tom Watson and Martin Hickman's book Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and The Corruption of Britain.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Lincoln Center Theater will present a new play, Corruption, off Broadway this spring. Written by J.T. Rogers and directed by Bartlett Sher, the show will play the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater from February 15, ahead of a March 11 opening night.

Corruption is based on the book Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and The Corruption of Britain, written by Tom Watson and Martin Hickman. The show is centered on the 2011 scandal about staffers of multiple British newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch, who engaged in phone tapping and hacking.

When members of these papers publicly smear Parliament member Tom Watson, he fights back and unwittingly uncovers the scandal alongside a group of journalists, politicians, and lawyers.

Corruption will feature sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Jennifer Moeller, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Justin Ellington, and projections by 59 Productions/Benjamin Pearcy and Brad Peterson. Casting has yet to be announced.

Rogers's play is the second theatrical work about Murdoch to hit the stage in recent years. James Graham's Ink, about how Murdoch turned the struggling Sun newspaper into a media empire, premiered on Broadway in 2019.

Check back for information on Corruption tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

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