Ben Chaplin will be taking on the role of Bernard in the world premiere of Joe Penhall’s new play Mood Music at The Old Vic, replacing Rhys Ifans who is withdrawing from the production due to family reasons.
Mood Music previews from 21 April 2018, with a press night on 2 May. Starring alongside Ben Chaplin is Seána Kerslake in the role of Cat, Pip Carter as Ramsay, Kurt Egyiawan as Miles, Jemma Redgrave as Vanessa and Neil Stuke as Seymour.
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 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 theatre’s bicentenary season.
Ben Chaplin plays Bernard, a record producer. Theatre credits include Consent and The Reporter (National Theatre); Farewell to Theatre (Hampstead); This is How it Goes and The Glass Menagerie (Donmar Warehouse) and Retreat from Moscow (Booth Theater, Broadway). Chaplin received a Tony Award Nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Retreat from Moscow and an Olivier Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in The Glass Menagerie.
Pip Carter plays Ramsay, Bernard’s psychotherapist. Pip’s theatre credits include Consent, Platonov (National Theatre); Posh (West End) and The Dark Earth and the Light Sky (Almeida).
Kurt Egyiawan plays Miles, Cat’s lawyer. Theatre credits include Othello, Measure for Measure, Henry V, King Lear and The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe); Season in the Congo (Young Vic); Berenice (Donmar Warehouse); Earthquakes in London (Headlong) and Richard III & Twelfth Night (Belasco Theater, New York). Film credits include Beasts of No Nation; Pan, Kill Your Friends and Skyfall.
Seána Kerslake plays Cat, a recording artist. Seána was recently named one of Screen International’s 2017 Stars of Tomorrow. She most recently played the role of Treasa opposite Seán McGinley in King of the Castle (Druid Theatre Co.) directed by Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes.
Jemma Redgrave plays Vanessa, Cat’s psychotherapist. Theatre credits include Donkey’s Years (Rose Kingston); An Ideal Husband, The Cherry Orchard (Chichester Festival Theatre); Farewell to the Theatre (Hampstead); The Great Game (Tricycle, Washington, Broadway); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Albery Theatre); Major Barbara (Piccadilly Theatre), Three Sisters (Queen’s Theatre); Chatsky (Almeida); School for Scandal (Bristol Old Vic) and Panorama (Kings Head Theatre).
Neil Stuke plays Seymour, Bernard’s lawyer. Stuke first worked with Roger Michell when he left drama school in the television show, Downtown Lagos. He then worked with both Michell and Joe Penhall on the West End transfer of Blue/Orange. He also starred in Penhall’s The Bullet at the Donmar Warehouse and helped Joe workshop the Kinks Musical. Previous work at The Old Vic includes Grace Note and the 24hr plays. Other recent theatre credits include Season’s Greetings at the National Theatre; Mike Bartlett’s Bull at 59E59 Theatre in New York and Young Vic; and Frankie and Johnny at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Also in the creative team are: set designer Hildegard Bechtler, costume designer Dinah Collin; composer and music supervisor David Arnold, lighting designer, Rick Fisher, sound designer John Leonard and casting director Jessica Ronane.