The exclusive premiere season of “Rupert”, David Williamson’s take on the greatest media mogul of all time, will open on Saturday, 29 November at the Theatre Royal, 108 King Street, Sydney, with previews beginning from Tuesday, 25 November 2014.
American film and television actor James Cromwell will play Rupert Murdoch alongside an all Australian cast playing a myriad of over 60 roles. In her first time on a Sydney stage in 15 years, TV comedy icon Jane Turner from Kath & Kim fame will play Dame Margaret Thatcher and Dame Elisabeth Murdoch.
Other cast members include Guy Edmonds playing Young Rupert, Scott Sheridan as Lachlan Murdoch, Hai Ha Le as Wendi Deng and Rebekah Brooks, Bert Labonte as Frank Packer and Ronald Reagan and John Leary playing Tony Blair, James Murdoch, Kerry Packer, David Frost, Gough Whitlam and others. One additional cast member is yet to be announced.
“Rupert” is a timely, theatrically inventive, often hilarious, cabaret infused recounting of the life and times of this influential yet elusive man who has shaped our world. Charting his stellar rise to the top, Rupert tap dances his way through his first newspaper acquisitions, discoes toward his American breakthrough, shares a fiery flamenco with Margaret Thatcher and charms some of the most colourful characters of the 20th century, including Tony Blair, Ronald Reagan and Wendi Deng.