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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.
Age restrictionChildren under 14 will not be admitted.
Running timeTo be confirmed.
Performance dates21 April 2018 - 16 June 2018
ContentDue to the use of some strong language, this production is recommended for ages 14 and above.
Venue InformationOld Vic TheatreThe Cut, SE1 8NB, London, SE1 8NB
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Mood Music "what you see is what you get"
Joe Penhall’s ‘Mood Music’ premieres at the beautiful Old Vic Theatre, which perfectly lends to the grandeur that these musicians would be used to. The stage is completely open, appearing bigger than it might do with elaborate sets but the simplicity of this set doesn’t hide anything, perhaps award-winning set designer Hildegard Bechtler intended this to be expressive of the revelations we learn from these characters as they go through psychotherapy.
13 Jun, 2018 | By Jade Ali
Mood Music "intelligently and cleverly structured"
Mood Music has a “ripped from the headlines” appeal, particularly in the searing light of the #metoo campaign. It provides a platform to debate how powerful male producers and artists control other artists, particularly younger female artists, in the music industry. It also raises questions about how the creative process works in songwriting. Whose song is it? Who writes the lyrics? Who writes the melody? Who creates the riffs? Most creative industries, particularly the music industry, are necessarily collaborative. The songwriters, musicians, arrangers, producers and engineers all work together to create the song, but who has created what? In Mood Music, it is ambiguous, which probably reflects the songwriting process in real life.
8 Jun, 2018 | By Sandra Howell
Mood Music in 250 words
Mood Music, currently playing at The Old Vic theatre in London, is a sharp new play about the power-struggle between two people working within the music industry, and the larger issue of commercialising creativity. The play is fresh and interesting, and extremely well-acted by its six-person cast, but it ultimately lacks direction.
6 Jun, 2018 | By Harriet Wilson
Calling all NHS workers! The Old Vic Theatre will be celebrating 70 years of the NHS with a special performance of monologues
A special performance containing a series of monologues curated by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Adrian Lester will be taking place at the Old Vic this summer. The West End venue, which is currently celebrating its 200th birthday, will be offering 70 tickets to NHS workers at an astonishingly low price.
17 May, 2018 | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels
Joe Penhall’s new production Mood Music, directed by Roger Michell, is a timely look at exploitation, gender and what we will do to achieve our dreams. Irish singer/songwriter Cat (Seána Kerslake) is over the moon when she gets the chance to work with Bernard (Ben Chaplin), the man behind some of her late father’s favourite songs. Bernard just wants a female singer because she is cheaper. Through their psychotherapists, Vanessa and Ramsey (Jemma Redgrave and Pip Carter) and their lawyers Neil Stuke’s Seymour (Stuke replaced Chaplin in BBC series Game On) and Kurt Egyiawan’s Miles provide this much-needed buffer to a destructive relationship.
8 May, 2018 | By Shanine Salmon
News / Casting
Final Updated Cast for Mood Music
Previews starting 21 April 2018, press night 2 May 2018.
The World Premiere of Joe Penhall’s Mood Music has undergone a final casting change and some other updates, which was officially announced today by The Old Vic. Previews for the new play start from 21 April 2018 with press night on 2 May 2018. Taking over the role of Bernard is Ben Chaplin, a role originally played by Rhys Ifans who, due to some unfortunate family reasons, must regretfully resign from the production.
27 Feb, 2018 | By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels