Duke of York's Theatre

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The West End once again welcomes a play that takes a magnifying glass to factors that affect our society today, this time turning back to events in the late 1960s that shaped British print media for generations to come. Ink is the latest play from writer James Graham and he first presented it, under the direction of Rupert Goold, to audiences at the Almeida Theatre in Islington, North London. Now the duo turns its attentions to the Duke of York’s Theatre in London’s West End.

As such audiences will witness the journey in the late 1960s in which The Sun newspaper found itself in new hands and how those hands shaped it into the influential and wide-reaching tabloid that we know today. Those hands belong to Rupert Murdoch and Ink explores the way in which he took on an impossible task that changed to the face of print media forever.

Murdoch, of course, has since become a controversial and influential figure in his own right, owning numerous newspapers and television stations around the world so that he is a looming force in world affairs.

This kind of material is ripe for James Graham, whose recent work has included election drama The Vote in 2015, the fictionalised account of 1970s turmoil in the House of Commons in 2012’s This House and this year’s Labour Of Love, which focuses on a local Labour Party constituency. His work always provides a mirror at our society and Ink promises to continue this tradition.

And as he works under the direction of Rupert Goold audiences know that they are in for a treat as he has been responsible for some of the most respected plays of the last few years, including King Charles III, Made In Dagenham and American Pyscho, to name but a few.

Ink runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Booking From: Thursday, 21st December 2017

Booking Until: Saturday, 30th December 2017

Running Time: 3 hours (One interval)

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Duke of York's Theatre
45 St Martin's Lane

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