Stage Play About Life of Rupert Murdoch Opens in Australia

Mogul portrayed by two different actors at different stages of his life

“Rupert,” a stage play about the life of News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, opened Thursday in Australia.

The Melbourne Theatre Company production, written by prominent Aussie playwright David Williamson, portrays some of the most pivotal moments in the media mogul’s life. Events dramatized include his 1969 purchase of the since-shut down newspaper News of the World, when a protester threw a pie at him at the 2011 British parliamentary hearing and his divorce with Wendi Deng.

Even some controversial events will also reportedly appear, including an image of Milly Dowler, a murdered 13-year-old British girl whose voicemails were tapped by News of the World while she was reported missing.

Guy Edmonds plays the young Murdoch, an ambitious businessman, and Sean O’Shea will play the older, established version of the mogul. Other figures in Murdoch’s life, including business associates, his children and ex-wives Anna and Wendi will also be portrayed.

Williamson, one of Australia’s best-known playwrights, told The Australian that used Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” a tale about a cut-throat British king, as inspiration for the highly ambitious character.

“Rupert” runs until Sept. 28 at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

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