‘Ink,’ a Tale of Rupert Murdoch’s Rise, Is Coming to Broadway

Posted April 30, 2018 5:31 p.m. EDT

NEW YORK — “Ink,” a new British play about the rise of Rupert Murdoch, will have its American premiere on Broadway next spring.

The play, which was a hit in London last year, is about an early chapter in Murdoch’s rise to moguldom — his takeover and tabloid transformation of The Sun, a British newspaper, starting in 1969.

“Ink” was written by James Graham, a Briton the Financial Times called “one of the country’s finest and funniest playwrights.” His one previous Broadway outing, as the book writer for the Harvey Weinstein-helmed musical “Finding Neverland,” was a flop, but beyond Broadway he has won acclaim for his politically charged dramas, including “Privacy,” which transferred from London to the Public Theater in New York.

Reviewing “Ink” in London, Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the play “both an entertaining epitaph for a lost age and a chilling prophecy of days to come.”

The play will be directed by Rupert Goold (“King Charles III”) and presented by the nonprofit Manhattan Theater Club in collaboration with London’s Almeida Theater, where the play first ran, and Sonia Friedman Productions. The production is being partly financed by the foundation established by Roy Cockrum, a onetime Episcopal monk who won a $153 million Powerball jackpot and has been using some of the proceeds to support theater projects.

In the London production, Murdoch was portrayed by Bertie Carvel (“Matilda”); the casting for New York has not been announced.

“Ink,” which will begin previews on April 2, 2019, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater, is the 20th production announced for the 2018-19 Broadway roster. The season appears to be taking shape earlier than usual in part because of the growing presence of nonprofits on Broadway; they tend to announce productions far in advance as they try to woo subscribers.