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Closed July 7, 2019

Nothing about Graham's unexpectedly seductive play is ever less than rousing. The show is hoisted even higher by...Goold, doing his best work

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The Sun Rises

Long before Fox News or Fake News, one canny young Australian set out to shatter traditional media with his acquisition of a failing English tabloid, otherwise known as The Sun. With brash confidence and total irreverence, he revolutionized print media, gathering a cadre of hungry talent who stopped at nothing to shift copies, making the paper and that young man, Rupert Murdoch, the notorious figures they are today.

Playwright James Graham (Labour of Love, Quiz and Finding Neverland) presents a searing portrait of Murdoch at the time in this dark comedy of indelible resonance. Directed by Rupert Goold, this production comes direct from London's West End where it pulled in a cosmos of stars from the critics and an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for original star Bertie Carvel (Matilda) - a feat he has replicated here by taking home the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play!

London 1969

Giving the people what they want, not what they actually need to know. That became the defining tenet of both the now-defunct News Of The World, and its daily sister paper, The Sun. Formerly known prior to 1964 as the Daily Herald; it became a tabloid in 1969 after it was purchased by Murdoch's News Corp. Graham's ruthless three hour epic examines the rise of the tabloid phenomenon in arresting and dazzling style. A must-see for journalists and readers alike, this biting new play will throw new light on the news tycoon and his controversial practices.

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Previews from: 2 April 2019

Opening night: 24 April 2019


Audiences aged 12 and over due to adult themes

Run time

Two hours and 50 minutes with one intermission

Cast and Creative


Johnny Lee Miller as Larry Lamb
Bertie Carvel as Rupert Murdoch
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-Mog/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
Tara Summers as Joyce Hopkick/Muriel McKay


Written by James Graham
Directed by Rupert Goold


Tony Awards, 2019 - Wins

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Bertie Carvel
Best Lighting Design of a Play - Neil Austin

Tony Awards, 2019 - Nominations

Best Play
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Bertie Carvel
Best Direction of a Play - Rupert Goold
Best Scenic Design of a Play - Bunny Christie
Best Sound Design of a Play - Adam Cork
Best Lighting Design of a Play - Neil Austin

Olivier Awards, 2018 - Nominations

Best New Play
Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Best Director
Best Set Design

Olivier Awards, 2018 - Winners

Best Supporting Actor in a Play - Bertie Carvel

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Our West End Reviewer, Scarlet Fleetwood, saw this production of INK when it ran in London. Here's what she thought! "INK swallows you whole and spits you out in 1969, a time when a young Rupert Murdoch has just bought The Sun newspaper and plans to make

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