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Bertie Carvel and Richard Coyle join Ink

Published 19 April 2017

Ink, a new play by James Graham, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold, explores the birth of this country’s most influential paper, The Sun, and the mythical world of Fleet Street in the 1960s.

Bertie Carvel will play Rupert Murdoch, and Richard Coyle will play Larry Lamb. The company also includes Pearl Chanda, with further casting to be announced.

James Graham’s ruthless, red-topped new play leads with the birth of this country’s most influential newspaper – when a young and rebellious Rupert Murdoch asked the impossible and launched its first editor’s quest, against all odds, to give the people what they want.

Ink plays at the Almeida Theatre from Saturday 17 June – Saturday 5 August (press night Tuesday 27 June).

Bertie returns to the Almeida stage, having previously performed in Bakkhai, as part of the Almeida Greeks season, and Rope. He created the role of Miss Trunchbull in Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s Matilda, The Musical at the RSC, on West End and Broadway (Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination).

Richard Coyle’s theatre credits include Macbeth at the Park Avenue Armoury NYC; Polar Bears, After Miss Julie and Proof at the Donmar Warehouse; The Lover and The Collection at the Comedy Theatre; Don Carlos at the Sheffield Crucible and in the West End; Look Back In Anger at the Theatre Royal, Bath; and The York Realist at the Royal Court and in the West End. 

Pearl Chanda’s theatre credits include Julie at Northern Stage Theatre; The Glass Menagerie at Nuffield Theatre; The Angry Brigade at the Bush Theatre; Crave and 4.48 Psychosis at Sheffield Crucible Theatre; The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the RSC; Godchild at Hampstead Theatre; and The Seagull for Headlong Theatre. 

Ink is James Graham’s Almeida debut. His work for theatre, television and film includes This House, which had two sell-out runs at the National Theatre, was broadcast to cinemas internationally by NT Live, and played an Olivier Award-nominated season at the Garrick Theatre in the West End recently.

Ink will be designed by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Neil Austin. Casting is by Anne McNulty.

You can book your tickets through the venue’s website.

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