Aug 30, 2013

Rupert on stage: Williamson’s happy, but will the Murdochs like it?

Rupert Murdoch came to life on the stage last night for the world premiere of his bio-play. Playwright David Williamson tells Crikey it's a portrait of an ideologue and quasi-politician.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

David Williamson’s keenly anticipated play Rupert, charting the career highs and lows of the media mogul, had its world premiere last night at Melbourne’s Arts Centre. Williamson, no doubt, was nervous about how the paying public (and the reviewers; including Crikey) would react to the bawdy, cabaret-style show he’s spent 18 months developing. But before the curtains even came up, his mind was already drifting to next week, when a large group of Murdoch relatives is booked to see the show.

“There are a lot of them and they’re apparently entranced by Murdoch’s achievements,” Williamson told Crikey. He’s going to sit down for dinner beforehand with the extended Murdoch clan. Rupert himself won’t be among them, although Williamson says the Melbourne Theatre Company has sent a “genuine invitation” to the News Corporation chairman to attend.

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One thought on “Rupert on stage: Williamson’s happy, but will the Murdochs like it?

  1. klewso

    Is it anything like “The War Lord” – set in feudal times too – the main character lauded it over the country-side, and, through droit du seigneur, thinks he had the right to screw anything he liked, too?

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