Babe star James Cromwell plays Rupert Murdoch in David Williamson's new play on stage in Sydney | VIDEO, AUDIO, GALLERY

By Ian Horner
Updated October 15 2014 - 2:22pm, first published 12:00am

THIS play, Rupert, about one of the most powerful people in the world, with some very serious themes, appears surprisingly light-hearted, perhaps satirical, complete with tap-dancing! "No, I wouldn't say it's a satire. It's cabaret. It’s meticulously researched and as objective as one can be when trying to put flesh on the bones of what we usually get in the media as to who people are. The playwright has tried to flesh out Murdoch's life from Oxford all the way through the hacking scandal in a way that keeps a distance between the audience and the performance so the audience can look objectively and come to an understanding of whether what Murdoch has pursued all his life has been for the good of humanity or the good of Mr Murdoch."

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