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

Mood Music tickets from £10.00

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Overview

‘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+

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 5 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 21 Apr 2018
Press night: 02 May 2018
Booking from: 23 May 2018
Booking until: 16 Jun 2018

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Tuesday 22 May 2018--7:30pm
Wednesday 23 May 20182:30pm7:30pm
Thursday 24 May 2018--7:30pm
Friday 25 May 2018--7:30pm
Saturday 26 May 20182:30pm7:30pm
Monday 28 May 2018--7:30pm
Tuesday 29 May 2018--7:30pm

Location and map

Old Vic Theatre
103 The Cut
London, SE1 8NB

25 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, 40 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Mood Music's neutral coloured thrust set makes this production feel like it would be more at home across the road at the more experimental Young Vic. The music studio and clinical backdrop to psychologist sessions as artist and producer are driven apart over ownership and rights. Joe Penhall (Blue/Orange, Sunny Afternoon) 's new play looks at the complex music industry, the psychology behind being a creative and what audiences perceive to be a good artist. It has a lot to say and often feels cluttered with ideas characters who are undefined. The play often confuses whether the musical coupling are a successful or not (at one point the song may become a bit, then it wins the Ivor Novello) and their relationship lacks depth, when they interact they feel like two strangers. The lack of music and dominance of talking is problematic Ben Chaplin's Bernard is an arrogant, multi divorced man with a multitude of issues and problems who finds himself working with (or against) his musical protégé Cat, a Dublin native exploited by him, the record company and random men who are meant to look after her on her drugged up and boozed up American tour, their issues make them unreliable witnesses to their own life story. The tactic to have them speak to other characters about each other should work better but the fault in the design (both set and lighting) doesn't always clear up where we are at in the timeline. Roger Michelle's direction suggests a distinct lack of understanding on the issues and focus of conflict. The issue is that amongst all the clutter (both on stage and in the script) there is good tale about making it in the business and even if the exploitation isn't sexual it can still feel like a violation. I can see why Caitlin reacts as she does throughout and ultimately why she gets blamed-everyone knew what Bernard was like, why didn't she? Overall I didn't think Seána Kerslake's Caitlin had the gravitas to be a star (why on earth did their dirgy Oasis sounding stuff even win a Ivor Novello) but as a performance worked really well with Chaplin's Bernard, with his comic timing also Chaplin is still a very sexy man and Bernard needs to be gorgeous/charming to explain why people put up with his nonsense, he must risk costing them as much as they make. The lawyer/therapist characters just don't work, we need a buffer between this conflicting characters but it just doesn't work. I don't care, they seem to care even less. It is all rather one note and like this many riffs we here it all builds up to nothing.

braintree 155cm, 40 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, 50 reviews, 3 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 producer as regards who had creative ownership of the music. I thought it was very cleverly played out with the characters mostly all on stage and communicating with each other at different locations and times but strangely managing to maintain continuity. This odd but effective connection between the characters made the story telling very powerful. I enjoyed this play lots.

tapwhizz 168cm, 50 reviews, 3 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, 10 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A very interesting and actual play. The main character's narcissism and ignorance created some funny moments while it still delivers a meaningful message in a minimalistic setting. I'd definitely recommend it.

ivettcsordas 152 cm, 10 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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, 249 reviews, 4 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 far too wordy in my opinion - lots of criss-crossing of dialogue which got me really confused as to what was happening. I found both lead characters to be incredibly annoying and I had no compassion for either of them. In the time of the #metoo and #timesup campaign, it was a very significant and important play to put on, but I just didn't really enjoy it that much unfortunately...

joc78 5"4, 249 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A great new production! My review here https://numbbumblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/mood-music-all-the-right-notes/

paulfootie 6'3", 88 reviews, 3 helpful votes

A great new production! My review here https://numbbumblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/mood-music-all-the-right-notes/

paulfootie 6'3", 88 reviews, 3 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, 16 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 Chaplin was great as the sleazy lead, an interesting play, well worth seeing.

lizcretten 5"9, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Interesting play that's wonderfully acted!

londontheatrefan 5'4", 179 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Interesting play that's wonderfully acted!

londontheatrefan 5'4", 179 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Fantastic show, great cast and production. Outstanding performances.

kevinbilton 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic show, great cast and production. Outstanding performances.

kevinbilton 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was brilliant and very relevant to the #MeToo movement. All the actors were brilliant but Ben Chaplin excelled and portra... More

mariaclarke 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was brilliant and very relevant to the #MeToo movement. All the actors were brilliant but Ben Chaplin excelled and portrayed an absolute monster. Controlling and a sociopath. So pleased to be able to see such a fine play at such short notice. Deserves all the plaudits.

mariaclarke 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes