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Casting announced for the Almeida's Ink


Casting news

INK, a new play by James Graham, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold, runs at the Islington venue from June 17 to August 5, 2017.

Exploring the birth of this country’s most influential paper, The Sun, and the mythical world of Fleet Street in the 1960s, Ink stars Bertie Carvel as Rupert Murdoch and Richard Coyle as Larry Lamb.

The company also includes Pearl Chanda with further casting to be announced.

Bertie Carvel 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, in the West End and on Broadway and for his performance received an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, a Drama Desk Award and a Tony nomination.

His other theatre credits include The Hairy Ape (The Old Vic); The Pride (Royal Court); Parade (Donmar Warehouse); Damned by Despair, The Man of Mode, The Life of Galileo and Coram Boy (National Theatre); and Doctor Dee (Manchester International Festival).

Carvel’s screen work includes James Graham’s Coalition, Doctor Foster, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, The Wrong Mans, Babylon, Restless, Hidden, Sherlock, Just William, The Crimson Petal and The White, John Adams, Doctor Who, John Adams and Hawking (TV); Les Misérables (film).

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

His screen credits include Hard Sun, Born To Kill, The Collection, The Fall, AD, Crossbones, Covert Affairs, Going Postal, Whistleblowers, The History of Mr Polly, Othello, Strange, Lorna Doone, Sword of Honour, Wives and Daughters and Coupling (TV); Pusher (pictured), Grabbers, W.E, 5 Days of War, Prince of Persia, Franklyn, A Good Year, The Libertine, Happy Now, Human Traffic and (film).

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

Chanda has also appeared on screen in Endeavour, Arthur and George and Holby City (TV); The Final Haunting and Mr Turner (film).

James Graham’s 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 is currently playing at the Garrick Theatre; Finding Neverland (book) on Broadway; Privacy and The Vote (broadcast live on television on election night 2015) at the Donmar Warehouse; Coalition for Channel 4; Monster Raving Loony for Theatre Royal Plymouth and Soho Theatre, and The Whisky Taster at the Bush Theatre.

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

Audio Described Performance: Saturday, July 15 at 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 12.45pm).

Captioned Performance: Thursday, July 27 at 7.30pm.

Post-show Discussion with members of the company – Free to same day ticket holders on Monday, July 24.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7359 4404 (10am – 7pm Monday – Saturday) or visit

Also at the Almeida: Martin Crimp’s contemporary satire The Treatment (April 24 to June 10) and Christopher Shinn’s Against, starring Ben Whishaw (August 12 to September 30, 2017).