Rhys Ifans withdraws from Mood Music at the Old Vic

Full casting announced for Mood Music at the Old Vic following withdrawal of Rhys Ifans.

Mood Music at the Old Vic
L To R: Ben Chaplin, Pip Carter, Kurt Egyiawan, Seana Kerslake, Jemma Redgrave, Neil Stuke

The Old Vic have announced that Rhys Ifans has withdrawn from the World premiere of Joe Penhall’s Mood Music due to family reasons. Ben Chaplin (Consent and the Reporter – National Theatre, Retreat From Moscow – Broadway) will be taking on the role of Bernard in his place.

Starring alongside Ben Chaplin is Seána Kerslake (King Of The Castle – Druid Theatre Co) in the role of Cat, and she is joined by Pip Carter (Consent, Platanov – National Theatre) as Ramsay, Kurt Egyiawan (Othello, Measure For Measure – Shakespeare’s Globe) as Miles, Jemma Redgrave (An Ideal Husband, The Cherry Orchard – Chichester Festival Theatre) as Vanessa and Neil Stuke ( Blue/Orane – West End) as Seymour.

‘Music is a 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 a top London recording studio, a young songwriter Cat, her producer Bernard, their lawyers and psychotherapists go to battle over who owns a hit song.

A sly, wry exploration of the dark side of the music industry by Joe Penhall, the award-winning writer of

Sunny Afternoon and Blue/Orange, the world premiere of Mood Music is directed by Roger Michell.

Mood Music plays over The Old Vic’s 200th birthday on 11 May 2018 and is the fourth production in The Old Vic’s bicentenary season.

Mood Music plays from 21 April to 16 June 2018.


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