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Rhys Ifans returns to The Old Vic in Mood Music

Rhys Ifans in A Christmas Carol. Photo by Helen Maybanks.

Casting news

RHYS Ifans is to star in the world premiere of Mood Music. Written by Joe Penhall and directed by Roger Michell, it runs at The Old Vic from Saturday, April 21 to Saturday, June 16, 2018.

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.

Mood Music is a sly, wry exploration of the dark side of the music industry.

Rhys Ifans plays Bernard, a Producer. His work as an actor encompasses stage, television and film. His theatre credits include A Christmas Carol, King Lear (The Old Vic); Protest Song, Volpone, Under Milk Wood (National Theatre); Don Juan in Soho, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Bad Finger (Donmar Warehouse); Beautiful Thing (Duke of York’s Theatre); Thyestes (Royal Court); and Smoke, Poison Pen (Manchester Royal Exchange).

Following his role in Mood Music, he will appear in Exit the King at the National Theatre in July 2018.

His film credits include Snowdon, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Dominion, Len and Company, Under Milk Wood, Serena, Another Me, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Five-Year Engagement, Anonymous, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Greenberg, The Boat that Rocked, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Hannibal Rising, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, Human Nature, The Shipping News, Hotel, The Replacements, Notting Hill (BAFTA nominated), and the forthcoming The Parting Glass.

Ifans has also appeared on television in Berlin Station, Not Only But Always (BAFTA Award for Best Actor), Shakespeare Shorts, Trial and Retribution, The Two Franks, Judas and the Gimp, Nightshift, Spatz, Burning Love, Review and Gifted.

Joe Penhall’s plays include Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead Theatre/West End, 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Musical); Birthday, Haunted Child, Pale Horse (Thames Television Best Play Award); Some Voices (John Whiting Award); Dumb Show (Royal Court); Landscape with Weapon, Blue/Orange (National Theatre, Evening Standard Best Play Award, Olivier and Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Play); The Bullet (Donmar Warehouse); and Love and Understanding (Bush Theatre).

Roger Michell’s theatre credits include Marya (The Old Vic); Landscape with Weapon, Honour, Blue/Orange, The Homecoming, Under Milk Wood, Coup, Waste, Consent (National Theatre); Rope (Almeida Theatre); My Night With Reg, Tribes, Birthday (Royal Court); Betrayal, Old Times (Donmar Warehouse); and Farewell to the Theatre (Hampstead). For six years he was Resident Director at the RSC.

Mood Music has set design by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design by Dinah Collins, lighting by Rick Fisher and sound by John Leonard. Composer and music supervisor is David Arnold.

Mood Music is recommended for ages 12+.

Audio Described Performance: Tuesday, May 29 at 7.30pm (Touch Tour 6pm).

Captioned Performance: Thursday, May 31 at 7.30pm.