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Ben Chaplin to replace Rhys Ifans in The Old Vic's production of Mood Music

Casting news

THE Old Vic has announced a casting change and further updates for the world premiere of Joe Penhall’s new play Mood Music, which runs from May 2 (previews from April 21) to June 16, 2018.

Ben Chaplin will be taking on the role of Bernard replacing Rhys Ifans who, with regret, is withdrawing from the production due to family reasons.

Starring alongside Ben Chaplin is Seána Kerslake in the role of Cat. She is joined by Pip Carter as Ramsay, Kurt Egyiawan as Miles, Jemma Redgrave as Vanessa and Neil Stuke 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.

Described as a sly, wry exploration of the dark side of the music industry, Mood Music by the award-winning writer of Sunny Afternoon and Blue/Orange, is directed by Roger Michell.

Ben Chaplin’s theatre credits include Consent and The Reporter (National Theatre); Farewell to the Theatre (Hampstead Theatre); This is How it Goes and The Glass Menagerie – Olivier Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Donmar Warehouse) and Retreat from Moscow – Tony Award Nomination for Best Actor (Booth Theater, Broadway).

His film credits include Caravan; The Children’s Act; Snowden; Cinderella; Dorian Gray; Me and Orson Welles; The Waterhouse; Two Weeks; The New World; Chromophobia; Stage Beauty; The Touch; Murder by Numbers; Birthday Girl; Lost Souls; The Thin Red Line; Washington Square and The Truth About Cats and Dogs.

Chaplin has also appeared on television in Press; Urban Myths; Apple Tree Yard; Mad Dogs; Book of Negroes; The Wipers Times; Dates; World Without End; After the Dance; Between the Lines; Minder; The Borrowers and Game On.

Seána Kerslake 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, and just prior filmed the role of Gemma in Dublin Old School written by Emmett Kirwan and directed by Dave Tynan.

Her other recent credits include the lead role of Sarah in the feature film The Hole in the Ground directed by Lee Cronin, the lead role of Aisling in Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope directed by Cathy Brady (RTÉ and BBC3), the role of Una in We Ourselves directed by Paul Mercier, and the title role in Darren Thornton’s feature film A Date for Mad Mary

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

Read more about Mood Music.

The stage adaptation of legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Fanny & Alexander continues at The Old Vic until April 14, 2018.