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The world premiere of Joe Penhall's play Mood Music stars Tony-nominee Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard).

‘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.’

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

‘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.’

From the writer of Sunny Afternoon and Blue/Orange, Mood Music is a play exploring the drama and the psychodrama of making music, directed by Roger Michell.

Mood Music reviews

21 reviews
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15 Jun 2018

So pleased that I managed to see Mood Music before it finished at The Old Vic. Great script and superb acting by all the cast.

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14 Jun 2018

I came mainly to see Jemma Redgrave as she is a wonderful actress but the rest of the cast were fantastic too. They even took time out of their busy day to sign autographs. Which i appreciated so much. I saw the play twice in one day.

Sandy Robertson
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14 Jun 2018

An incisive, witty examination of the personal politics of the music business seen through the interaction of a cocky producer, a naive young singer and their respective counsellors and lawyers. The most telling line is one about damaged people being attracted to the music industry. Only the part where one person refuses song writing credit and shedloads of royalties on a matter of principle didn't ring true. Having worked as a music journalist for many years I have to say 'principle' is something I didn't encounter often. My companion disagreed, so maybe I'm a cynical old sod.

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12 Jun 2018

This is a play where none of the characters emerge glowing. Wearing its ideological credentials on its sleeve, nonetheless all of the goodies & baddies show their vulnerabilities so that the audience goes out into the night considering whether everyone was a winner or a loser.

R Millais
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18 May 2018

Enjoyable production cleverly written.


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No exchanges or refunds after purchase.


 2 hours and 5 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

Suitable For Children

Recommended for ages 14+

This production includes some strong language.

Where Do I Go

The Old Vic, The Cut London, SE1 8NB