Duke of York's

45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG GB


Ink Tickets

based on 19 reviews

Duke of York's

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Booking until: Saturday, 6 January 2018

Running time: 3 hours (One interval)

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Booking from:
Saturday, 9 September 2017

Booking until:
Saturday, 6 January 2018

Running time:
3 hours (One interval)

The magnificent Duke of York's theatre is thrilled to play host to James Graham's latest smash-hit-in-the-making, Ink, set in late 1960s Fleet Street, the legendary road in London where all the best – and worst - British tabloid and broadsheet newspapers used to have their head offices.

The story? The Sun newspaper is about to take off in the most extraordinary way thanks to the young rebel Rupert Murdoch, a man who thinks he knows exactly what the British public want from a tabloid. He's about to give them it. And he doesn't care what it costs. This play tells the amazing story of one of the nation's best-loved and best-hated tabloid newspapers, to this day still an influential read and a top seller on the country's news stands.

James Graham, respected playwright and creator of This House, has transformed those heady early days into a play that has gathered plenty of critical acclaim during its sell-out season at the Almeida theatre. It's directed by the brilliant Rupert Goold, who helped make King Charles III such a success. And it's transferring to the Duke of York’s theatre for a strictly limited season in late summer 2017.

As The Guardian says, “Graham is often described as a political playwright, but though his plays have a public dimension they are not partisan or even especially argumentative. He is a writer of inventive documentary who has a gift for identifying historical episodes which reverberate in the present.”

The cast is amazing, starring Bertie Carvel as Murdoch himself, an actor who wowed audiences in Doctor Foster and Matilda, plus Richard Coyle as Larry lamb, an actor adored for his roles in The Associate and The Lover. They're joined by the excellent Geoffrey Freshwater, who plays Sir Alick McKay beautifully.

According to The Daily Telegraph it's, “A play for today. The blazingly talented James Graham has penned a super, soaraway smash.” The Guardian calls it a “First-rate drama about Rupert Murdoch’s move into British newspapers in the 1960s gives us no sermons about press ethics.” If you love drama, grab tickets while they're available.

Press Reviews

Hold the front page: a huge 5-star hit Evening Standard

Delivered with, flair and vivid humanity, it’s a hell of a story The Times

A play for today. The blazingly talented James Graham has penned a super, soaraway smash The Daily Telegraph

Hold the front page: this one's a smasher Time Out

A truly thought-provoking, unmissable event. The Independent

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based on 19 reviews

A terrific show for our fake news times. As Americans, we learned a great deal about the UK tabloid wars but also about how appealing to people’s basest interests will get you want to go. And still does.

London Box Office customer

Excellent colourful show !

London Box Office customer

Entertaining informative & brilliantly acted play

London Box Office customer

Extraordinarily good

London Box Office customer

Great show

Liked the staging and the humour.

London Box Office customer

Brilliant and clever. Bravo

The play is about Rupert Murdoch's invasion in the British press, beginning with the purchase of The Sun from The Daily Mirror group. The plot centres around the first year of The Sun, where the sole goal is to defeat The Daily Mirror in readership by the end of the year. Backed by a cracking good script and great dialogue delivery gives the play a head-start. Add to this the superbly creative set design (the set is not only horizontal, but uses the vertical dimension as well. A corner of the set is set-up (sorry for the pun) as a multi-storey office, while one part of the stage descends into the basement and re-appears at the appropriate moment. The timing of the descent & ascent of this part of the stage is impeccable! The sound design is another delight - the use of typewriters, banging of type-set alphabets (before the advent of desk top publishing) and the use of printing noises is absolutely brilliant! The cast does a superb job as well. Fantastically crisp, well-timed and emotive dialogue delivery and very gutsy acting. Bravo!

London Box Office customer

Must see show

London Box Office customer

Best play we have seen for a long time.

An excellent play. Actors were superb and enjoyed every minute.

London Box Office customer

Sun shock horror

For those who remember the early days of aggressive tabloid journalism in the 70's and the rise of Rupert Murdoch, then this is for you. Told in a very funny and irreverent way. Murdoch appeared as a mix of Rigsby and Uriah Heap.

London Box Office customer

I was expecting a political drama, but I really enjoyed the mix of comedy , music and drama. Thoroughly enjoyable.

London Box Office customer


I thoùght it showed the background as to the way papers found a process to create stories and what happened to those that gave their time willingly. All for money which is the way of our world now.

London Box Office customer


Powerful production, gripped from start to finish, and Richard Coyle was outstanding as Larry Lamb.

London Box Office customer

The Set, the Set, The Set.

Why didn't you ask about the set? It was fabulous.... unbelievably realistic and true-to-life. Almost worth the price of admission in itself.

London Box Office customer

Probably an excellent portrayal of actual events, allegedly!

London Box Office customer


Good story, informative and entertaining. Recommended!

London Box Office customer

Review: James Graham's INK & LABOUR OF LOVE - St Martins Lane Theatres

13 Oct 2017 in Reviews

Labour of Love The BIG sensation in London Theatre at the moment is the young playwright James Graham. In a few short years he’s gone from pub theatre to having two major plays running in the West End, in neighbouring theatres on St Martins Lane.

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Duke of York's
45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG GB

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  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Member of Q-Park scheme
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 659
  • Year built: 1892