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Mood Music at The Old Vic Theatre

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The world premiere of Mood Music at the Old Vic Theatre.

‘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.’

A play about the drama and the psychodrama of making music by Joe Penhall – the writer of Sunny Afternoon and Blue/Orange.

Mood Music will run from 27 April 2018 until 16 June 2018 at the Old Vic Theatre.


‘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.’

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


Mood Music features Ben Chaplin (Bernard) Seána Kerslake (Cat), Pip Carter (Ramsay), Kurt Egyiawan (Miles), Jemma


Written by Joe Penhall, directed by Roger Michell with set design by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design by Dinah

Important Notes

Rhys Ifans will not be performing on Wed 6 or Wed 13 June matinee performances. Monday 18 June 2018 - Audio Described Performance - 7.30pm Wednesday 20 june 2018 - Captioned Performance - 7.30pm

Theatre Information

The Old Vic
Address: Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8NB
Nearest Underground: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501

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