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Ink

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Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Relevant, Clever

About the show

MTC's new play follows the brash young Rupert Murdoch in 1969 London as he purchases a struggling paper, The Sun, and sets out to make it a must-read smash. Starring Bertie Carvel ("Matilda") and Jonny Lee Miller ("Elementary"). More…

Inspired by real events, "Ink" follows Murdoch (Bertie Carvel) as he brings on rogue editor Larry Lamb (Jonny Lee Miller) who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters. Together, they will go to any lengths for success and the race for the most ink is on!


Member Reviews (448)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Relevant, Clever
83
Avg Score

89
Resonant, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in seeing a big part of the puzzle of why we are in the major crap storm that we’re in now with the downfall of the media.

Don't see it if You don’t care about current affairs or want something light and fluffy.

Also Even if you don’t care very much about the subject matter here (a news... Read more Read less

90
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Powerful acting esp. by Bertie Carvel & J. L.Miller Great set Lighting so good. Musical bits and semi dances hit me just right. Great story.

Don't see it if British accents might be a problem for some . Beware 1st row seats at the Friedman

85
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a well-paced, excellently directed play that incisively explores what we want, why we want it, and what we'll do to get it.

Don't see it if you want escapism at the theater. This show asks tough questions about where we draw the line and what happens when we're pushed past it.

80
Illuminating, Entertaining, Very good acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if ur interested in a complex, creative, engaging chronicle of Rupert Murdoch's rise (or should I say descent) into tabloid journalism fame.

Don't see it if u expect the Murdoch-Fox News story [tho his purchase of the Sun offers insight into his latter infamy]; u don't like British music hall.

90
Great staging, Great acting, Dizzying, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if Profane, vulgar, self-absorbed & wildly theatrical Ink is a dramatic version of the tabloid it depicts Miller, Carvel & cast are thrilling

Don't see it if The lengthy 1st Act of The Sun's beginnings cuts into the more pressing moral questions of the 2nd Yet the arc into the present is chilling

86
Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of print journalism, British newspaper history, curious about Rupert Murdoch, fan of Carvel or Miller, enjoy a good story

Don't see it if Have no interest in recent British history or in the London tabloids, don't care for Rupert Murdoch, have trouble with English accents

88
Resonant, Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you're looking for a show that helps to explain some of the mess that's become of the country right now.

Don't see it if you're looking for escapist entertainment.

78
Fascinating story of how r murdoch purchased a minor london newspaper and thru his editor turned it into an audacious tabloid that became the most-read paper in the country; needs to dig deeper

See it if shows high testosterone atmosphere of newsroom in 1969/70 thru fabulous mise-en-scene (set, lighting, etc.) & amusing stylized acting/mvmnt

Don't see it if largely spectacle; not probe deeply into Murdoch's motivations; 2 much acting is animated shouting, words hard to understand

85
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in newspapers, Murdoch or morality of decision making. The remarkable staging is enough reason to see it! Loved the music

Don't see it if you want an uplifting experience. There are no winners, no moral message, nothing but the unhappiness of people who got what they wanted

84
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if About making a newpaper with different topical and way of reporting new or not news.

Don't see it if It is need 3 hours, sometimes strong language or not interested in subject.

35
Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, The most overrated show in town

See it if you enjoy second-rate plays that are camouflaged by over-the-top staging. Also, if you like first acts that are overlong and unnecessary.

Don't see it if you enjoy well-written plays. Also, if you are intelligent enough to get ideas rather than be hit over the head constantly.

88
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the newspaper business, particularly the story of the rise of Rupert Murdoch and the Daily Sun.

Don't see it if You are not interested Rupert Murdoch and his unorthodox method of breaking into the publishing business. Dislike misogynists

Also The performances of Johnny Lee Miller and Bertie are fantastic. The sc... Read more Read less

97
Must see, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Thrilling to see how the people at The Sun will stop at nothing to become the top newspaper. See how their ratings rise, but at what price.

Don't see it if You'd be taken aback at some of the "questionable" things they'll put on page 1 (or page 3), that are mentioned in Act II.

88
Adrenaline rush, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy physical shows with lots of energy & movement; Miller & Carvel are terrific; good supporting cast; relevant to today.

Don't see it if don't like long plays; no interest in the beginning of tabloid publishing probably leading to today's exaggerations and falsehoods in news.

80
Great staging, Great acting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Excellent acting, staging, and a brilliantly fun production. Smart and well-paced, and a truly great story.

Don't see it if It had odd moments of dancing I didn't understand. The story is heavy and loaded, so this isn't a light night of theater.

95
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like shows that teach you something as well as entertain you.Fascinating to see the rise of Murdoch.Acting is top notch.Amazing staging

Don't see it if you want a happy go lucky musical.This is very funny and entertaining, but it packs a wallop.You learn about the rise of far right craziness

53
Indulgent, Quirky, Slow, Weird, Great acting

See it if Jonny Lee Miller gives a terrific performance. Thought-provoking. Great set.

Don't see it if There’s a great story in Murdoch’s rise, but this isn’t it. Confusing.

77
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You like fast paced intelligent dialog. You are interested in the dumbing down of journalism accelerated by Murdoch. Intelligent acting.

Don't see it if You are expecting to learn about Rupert Murdoch. This play is specific to the Sun and its employees and editor.

Also I really liked the staging. It was static yet versatile enough to repr... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like intelligent theater that entertains rather than preaches. Sets and campy style were fun and did not dilute the important story.

Don't see it if you prefer light plots, easy to follow dialogue and characters who are clearly either good guys or bad guys.

90
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Love great bio plays, well written and acted. Staging excels. Lighting exquisite. Miller and Carvel are wonders.

Don't see it if Bio drama bores you

86
Resonant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if interested in the formation & inner workings of tabloid journalism by Murdoch & Lamb in 1969 London & it's consequences,told compellingly.

Don't see it if have difficulty with Brit & Aussie accents; 2:45 running time. 2nd act could be trimmed.

Also The acting by Carvel & Miller is superb. The staging & directing by Go... Read more Read less

89
Great writing, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Murdoch's purchase of The Sun - turns it into tabloid for masses; rise of populism story; people in power exploit feeling of exclusion*

Don't see it if don't want to hear about Rupert Murdoch; a bit slow in parts, British accents; don't want a story of newspaper industry

Also *how Lamb is hired (a great Miller) & how he hires those under him.... Read more Read less

93
Immersive staging, Great acting, Electric, Gripping real-life-inspired drama, Intelligent

See it if you want smart, fierce, and edgy-without-trying darkly-funny drama sprawling across a set in a form as eye-catching as all-caps headlines.

Don't see it if uncomfortable with some sexuality (no nudity); need excessive humor or lightheartedness; and/or have trouble understanding British accents.

Also Ink is, on the surface, about the mid-to-late-20th-century (d)evolutio... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Confusing, Great acting

See it if you want to see great acting and interested the uk newspaper the sun.

Don't see it if you want to see a musical

85
Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the evolution of the news business. You love a good scandal.

Don't see it if You can't stand the idea that you might enjoy cheering on the destruction of old fashioned journalism.


April 24th, 2019
“Directed with vaudevillian flair and firecracker snap by Goold...The first act abounds in adrenaline...'Ink' proposes that the sensibility that would generate today’s tidal wave of social media originated with early London-era Murdoch. At the same time, this production is steeped in a gritty nos...
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April 24th, 2019
“Graham labors hard to humanize Lamb with shadows of self-doubt, this psychological element is oversold and unconvincing, and we’re left with a long show about a foregone conclusion...Goold knows that ‘Ink’ needs ginning up, and boy, he ladles on the gin. This production is loud, and it’s lit lik...
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April 24th, 2019
“Directed with plenty of pop and fizz by Goold, and driven by the compelling performances of Carvel and Miller, it’s both playful and thoughtful — not, perhaps, a kick-in-the-guts play, but an energetic, respectable handshake...’Ink’ is perhaps on the back-heavy side, with all of the play’s weigh...
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April 28th, 2019
"Your fairly standard slice-of-life drama, but one that’s been tricked out to feel more contemporary than it really is...Graham never really tells us who Murdoch is...Graham has written a buddy newspaper story—one without a buddy but with all the wisecracking and smoking and typing that we’ve hea...
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