About Ink

Fleet Street. 1969. The Sun rises. A young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch aims to give the public what they want, no matter the cost…

Following a sold-out run at the Almeida, Rupert Goold’s five star production of Ink, written by bold young playwright James Graham, has transferred to the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Ink is a gripping depiction of the role that the press plays in society. Instead of preaching about press ethics, Graham’s work presents the facts and asks the audience to draw its own conclusions about The Sun’s rise to prominence and Rupert Murdoch’s motivations.

This hotly-anticipated West End production reverberates with lessons from the past that are just as pertinent today as they were in the 70s and is proving as successful as the show’s incredible Almeida run. Don’t miss out, Graham is one to watch! 


The cast is led by the formidable Bertie Carvel and Richard Coyle. Carvel is best-known for his magnificent portrayal of Miss Trunchbull in the West End’s Matilda The Musical and for playing cheating husband Simon Foster in the BBC’s ‘Doctor Foster’. Coyle’s theatre credits include Michael Grandage’s famed production of Don Carlos, starring Derek Jacobi and Una Stubbs, in which he played the titular role.

James Graham is best-known for his National Theatre and West End hit play This House, The Vote, which was broadcast on television on the night of the 2015 General Election, and Privacy, which ran at the Donmar Warehouse.

Rupert Goold is Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre. Goold directed the world premiere of King Charles III in 2014. Following a sold-out run at the Almeida, King Charles III transferred to the Wyndham's Theatre, and then Broadway.

What's the story?

Ink charts The Sun’s transformation into Britain’s most influential newspaper. Masterminded by the infamous Rupert Murdoch and Larry Lamb, the decision to create a popular newspaper which entertains as well as informs drives a tale that is both hilarious and tragic in equal measures.

Compelled by a ruthless desire to dominate the newspaper market, we witness the mogul’s rise to power as Murdoch continuously chooses business over friendship in order to beat The Mirror.

Fuelled by sex and gossip, Lamb and Murdoch’s creation soon wreaks havoc for its masters. Can Lamb’s conscience handle the consequences of his actions, and what will happen when Murdoch’s eye wanders to greener pastures?

This depiction of the pivotal moment in British newspaper history is guaranteed to occupy your thoughts for a long time after you leave the theatre. 

Ink Performance Dates & Times

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Duke of York's Theatre

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Where is Ink?

104 St Martin's Lane London WC2N 4BG
  • Nearest Bus stop: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 29, 176; (Strand) 6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 23, 87, 91, 139
  • Parking: Chinatown (5mins)
  • Nearest Night Bus: (Charing Cross Road) 24, 176, N5, N20, N29, N41, N279; (Strand) 6, 23, 139, N9, N15, N11, N13, N21, N26, N44, N47, N87, N89, N91, N155, N343, N551
  • Nearest Tube: Piccadilly, Northern
  • Directions:

    (5mins) Take Charing Cross Road to St Martin’s Court, head down until the end and then take a right onto St Martin’s Lane until you reach the theatre on your right.

  • Nearest Station: Charing Cross


  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible