Ink (play)

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Written byJames Graham
Date premieredJune 2017
Place premieredAlmeida Theatre
Original languageEnglish
SubjectThe Sun

Ink is a 2017 play by James Graham which premiered in London in 2017.


Almeida Production[edit]

Directed by Rupert Goold, the play began previews at the Almeida Theatre on 17 June 2017, with an official opening night on 27 June. It played a limited run to 5 August.[1] The cast included Bertie Carvel as Rupert Murdoch and Richard Coyle as the editor of The Sun, Larry Lamb. Reviews were generally favorable.[2]

West End[edit]

The production transferred to the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre, again led by Carvel and Coyle, officially opening on 19 September 2017 following previews from 9 September. It concluded its run on 6 January 2018.[3]


The play made its Broadway premiere on 2 April 2019 (previews), officially on 24 April 2019, produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Bertie Carvel played Murdoch and Jonny Lee Miller played Larry Lamb. Direction was by Rupert Goold.[4][5] The play closed on 7 July 2019.[6]


The play takes place in London in 1969. Rupert Murdoch buys a struggling newspaper, The Sun, intending to make the paper a must-read news source and hires editor Larry Lamb.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original London production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2017 Evening Standard Theatre Award[7][8] Best Play Nominated
Best Actor Bertie Carvel Nominated
Best Design Bunny Christie Nominated
2018 Laurence Olivier Award[9] Best New Play Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Bertie Carvel Won
Best Director Rupert Goold Nominated
Best Set Design Bunny Christie Nominated

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2019 Tony Awards[10] Best Play Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Bertie Carvel Won
Best Direction of a Play Rupert Goold Nominated
Best Scenic Design of a Play Bunny Christie Nominated
Best Lighting Design of a Play Neil Austin Won
Best Sound Design of a Play Adam Cork Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Awards[11] Outstanding New Broadway Play Nominated
Outstanding Director of a Play Rupert Goold Nominated
Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical) Bunny Christie Nominated
Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Neil Austin Nominated
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Bertie Carvel Nominated


  1. ^ "Bertie Carvel and Richard Coyle to star in new James Graham play". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Did the critics think James Graham's Ink was front page news?". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  3. ^ "James Graham's Ink to transfer to the West End". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. ^ Hayes, Dade (30 April 2018). "Rupert Murdoch Story 'Ink' Sets Broadway Bow At Manhattan Theatre Club". Deadline. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Ink". Manhattan Theatre Club. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  6. ^ Clement, Olivia (7 July 2019). "Ink Closes on Broadway July 7". Playbill.
  7. ^ Hewis, Mark. "Evening Standard Theatre Awards shortlist includes Andrew Garfield, Amber Riley and Andrew Scott", 17 November 2017
  8. ^ Thompson, Jessie. "Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2017: The Ferryman scoops three gongs as Andrew Garfield takes home best actor" Evening Standard, 3 December 2017
  9. ^ "Olivier Winners 2018", retrieved 2 May 2019
  10. ^ "2019 Tony Award Nominations", 30 April 2019
  11. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy (23 April 2019). "Hadestown, Tootsie & Oklahoma! Lead 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations". Retrieved 23 April 2019.

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