29 May – 29 June 2024




“I want to tell you a story. And it’s true. That’s what makes it a good fucking story, right, ‘cause all the best stories are true.”

They called him ‘The Dirty Digger’. In 1969, freshly-landed in London’s Fleet Street, bursting with ambition and an Aussie’s desire to shaft the British establishment, he took ownership of a flagging daily newspaper and turned it into a media phenomenon.

His name was Rupert Murdoch. The paper was The Sun. Together with its maverick editor, Larry Lamb, he was on a mission to give the people what they want – which turned out to be screaming headlines, celebrity gossip and Page Three girls!

Award-winning writer James Graham (Dear England – 2024 Olivier Award Best Play; and tv including Sherwood and Quiz) reveals the inner workings of the tabloid press, as the upstart rag and its staff of underdog reporters engage in a circulation war of attrition with the best-selling newspaper in the world, The Mirror.

It’s a fast and furious, blisteringly funny exposé of how two men changed print media forever.

“A gripping piece of theatre” The Guardian

Patrons please note: this production features adult themes, coarse language, strobe lighting, smoking on stage and nude imagery.

creative team

Director Louise Fischer
Set Designer Tom Bannerman
Lighting Designer Peter Ross
Costume Designer Aibhlinn Stokes
Sound Designer Kevin Davidson
Vision Designer Verica Nikolic
Assistant Director Spark Sanders Robinson
Dialect Coach Benjamin Purser
Assistant Costume Designer & Dressmaker Burley Stokes
Stage Manager Rosane McNamara
ASM Marc Monnet-Demarbre
LX/SX Operators Alice-Rose Nolan Lucchetti, Matthew Forbes 




Adrian Adam, Les Asmussen
William Baltyn, Simon Bolton
Nick Curnow, Sophie Highmore
Brycen Horne, Gerry Mullaly
Jack Elliot Mitchell, Emmanuel Nicolaou
Charlotte Sherston, Mariah Stock
Parker Texilake, Daniel Tompson
Chad Traupmann, Jane Wallace
Emily Weare






Preview Wed 29 May 7:30pm
Opening Night Thu 30 May 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm
Final performance Sat 29 Jun 2pm

Running time: 2 hrs 50 mins including intermission

Please note: latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance



Full $37
Concessions, Groups (6+) $32
New Theatre Members $25
Thrifty Thursdays $25
Preview $20
(Booking and transaction fees apply)

Patrons please note: New Theatre is now EFTPOS-only
at Front of House for both ticket and bar sales.

COVID- Safe protocols:
QR code and vaccination checks are no longer required.

Face masks are not mandatory, but recommended.

Main image: © Keystone Press/Alamy
Production images: © Chris Lundie