Mood Music
Music is medication. The elixir of life. It's for injecting into the blood stream to take away the pain... to promote euphoria... to adrenalise us and give us courage and fortitude.'

In an expensive London recording studio two songwriters, their lawyers and their psychotherapists go to battle over music.

'I'm not saying he's a sociopath. I'm just saying you find a lot of damaged people are drawn to the music industry. Lack of empathy, raging narcissism, grandiose egocentricity is expected of them.'

A play about the drama and the psychodrama of making music by the writer of Sunny Afternoon and Blue/Orange, the world premiere of Mood Music by Joe Penhall is directed by Roger Michell.
'Electrifyingly smart' Financial Times

'This play rocks' The Times

'Fascinating and highly topical' The Guardian

'Brilliant performances by Ben Chaplin and Seána Kerslake' The Independent

'Surely a candidate for best play of the year' Artsdesk

★★★★ Metro

★★★★ Radio Times

Ben Chaplin will be taking on the role of Bernard in the world premiere of Joe Penhall's new play Mood Music at The Old Vic, replacing Rhys Ifans who is withdrawing from the production due to family reasons.

Mood Music previews from 21 April 2018, with a press night on 2 May. Starring alongside Ben Chaplin is Seána Kerslake in the role of Cat, Pip Carter as Ramsay, Kurt Egyiawan as Miles, Jemma Redgrave as Vanessa and Neil Stuke as Seymour.

Ben Chaplin's theatre credits include Consent and The Reporter (National Theatre); Farewell to Theatre (Hampstead); This is How it Goes and The Glass Menagerie (Donmar Warehouse) and Retreat from Moscow (Booth Theater, Broadway). Chaplin received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Retreat from Moscow and an Olivier Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in The Glass Menagerie.

Pip Carter's theatre credits include Consent, Platonov (National Theatre); Posh (West End) and The Dark Earth and the Light Sky (Almeida).

Kurt Egyiawan's theatre credits include Othello, Measure for Measure, Henry V, King Lear and The Frontline (Shakespeare's Globe); Season in the Congo (Young Vic); Berenice (Donmar Warehouse); Earthquakes in London (Headlong) and Richard III & Twelfth Night (Belasco Theater, New York). Film credits include Beasts of No Nation; Pan, Kill Your Friends and Skyfall.

Seana Kerslake was recently named one of Screen International's 2017 Stars of Tomorrow. She most recently played the role of Treasa opposite Sean McGinley in King of the Castle (Druid Theatre Co.) directed by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes.

Jemma Redgrave's theatre credits include Donkey's Years (Rose Kingston); An Ideal Husband, The Cherry Orchard (Chichester Festival Theatre); Farewell to the Theatre (Hampstead); The Great Game (Tricycle, Washington, Broadway); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Albery Theatre); Major Barbara (Piccadilly Theatre), Three Sisters (Queen's Theatre); Chatsky (Almeida); School for Scandal (Bristol Old Vic) and Panorama (Kings Head Theatre).

Neil Stuke first worked with Roger Michell when he left drama school in the television show, Downtown Lagos. He then worked with both Michell and Joe Penhall on the West End transfer of Blue/Orange. He also starred in Penhall's The Bullet at the Donmar Warehouse and helped Joe workshop the Kinks Musical. Previous work at The Old Vic includes Grace Note and the 24hr plays. Other recent theatre credits include Season's Greetings at the National Theatre; Mike Bartlett's Bull at 59E59 Theatre in New York and Young Vic; and Frankie and Johnny at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

A sly, wry exploration of the dark side of the music industry by Penhall, the award-winning writer of Sunny Afternoon and Blue/Orange, the world premiere of Mood Music is directed by Roger Michell. It plays over The Old Vic's 200th birthday on 11 May 2018 and is the fourth production in the theatre's bicentenary season.

Type of production: Play

Opened: 21 April 2018

Booking until: 16 June 2018

Running time: 2 Hours 5 Mins

Prices: £22.00 - £113.00

Author / playwright: Joe Penhall

Director: Roger Michell

Cast: Ben Chaplin , Seana Kerslake , Pip Carter