Mood Music at Old Vic Theatre tickets
Mood Music at Old Vic Theatre tickets

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‘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.’

Multi-award winning writer Joe Penhall presents a world premiere of his gripping new drama Mood Music at London’s Old Vic Theatre, as part of the highly anticipated 2018 season. With further productions including stage adaptations of Fanny & Alexander and A Monster Calls, the play sees a battle take place between industry titans about the impact of music on its creators.

Taking place in a state-of-the-art London recording studio, Mood Music sees two songwriters at loggerheads, accompanied by their lawyers and psychotherapists. Just how damaging can music be? With ever-growing egos and personalities in the industry, this highly topical play studies the effects of music on our innermost feelings and the psychology of creating mixed melodies.

Mood Music is written by multi-award winning playwright Joe Penhall, who had recent success with the 2015 Olivier Award-winning Kinks’ musical Sunny Afternoon. Further works include his award-winning 2000 play Blue/Orange, which earned the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play. His television drama The Long Firm was nominated for a BAFTA, whilst screen credits include Enduring Love and The Road.

The production stars Ben Chaplin as Bernard, as well as Seana Kerslake (Can't Cope, Won't Cope) as Cat. Further casting includes Pip Carter as Ramsay, Kurt Egyiawan as Miles, Jemma Redgrave as Vanessa and Neil Stuke as Seymour.

Acclaimed screen director Roger Michell directs Mood Music, with credits including Enduring Love and Notting Hill. The production also features set design by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design by Dinah Collin, lighting design by Rick Fisher and sound design by John Leonard, with original compositions and musical supervision by David Arnold.

Mood Music plays at London’s Old Vic Theatre for a limited run, as the second production in the theatre’s 2018 season. The show runs at the venue from 21 April to 30 June 2018, with a press night on 2 May 2018.

Recommended for

Fans of the Olivier Award-winning Sunny Afternoon will enjoy this new venture from the musical’s book writer, Joe Penhall. A gripping play, this new offering from the Old Vic is not to be missed.

Age Recommendations: Recommended ages 12+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 21 Apr 2018
Press night: 02 May 2018
Booking from: 29 Jun 2018
Booking until: 16 Jun 2018

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

36 Reviews Add review

Mood Music's neutral coloured thrust set makes this production feel like it would be more at home across the road at the more expe... More

braintree 155cm, 58 reviews, 5 helpful votes

This show was about the music industry and illustrated the good, the bad and the ugly when a songwriter clashed with her aging pro... More

tapwhizz 168cm, 59 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This is the second time I've seen Mood Music because I loved it so much the first time. Ben Chaplin in particular is outstanding i... More

emilydiver 5"0, 214 reviews, 14 helpful votes

Hugely disappointed with the this production of 'Mood Music' especially as I'm a fan of both Neil Stuke and Ben Chaplin. It was f... More

joc78 5"4, 290 reviews, 4 helpful votes

bowerhe 5'6, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

An interesting show which takes an interesting look at the music business and it's treatment of artists, especially women. Ben Cha... More

lizcretten 5"9, 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A very interesting and actual play. The main character's narcissism and ignorance created some funny moments while it still delive... More

ivettcsordas 152 cm, 14 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A great new production! My review here

paulfootie 6'3", 93 reviews, 3 helpful votes

A great insight into the music industry. An entertaining play.

stevesherwin 6”1, 30 reviews, 1 helpful vote