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Ben Chaplin joins Mood Music at the Old Vic as Rhys Ifans withdraws

Thursday, 1st Mar 2018  

Old Vic Theatre

Amidst the news of big names joining an array of London productions this year, including the recent announcement of Lulu in 42nd Street, we now turn our attentions to news of a different flavour. Rhys Ifans, who was originally due to play Bernard in the upcoming production of Mood Music, has been forced to withdraw from the production, with Ben Chaplin set to replace him when previews begin in April.

Mood Music is the new play from Joe Penhall, which centres on the struggles of creating music. It is set in a recording studio in the capital and during the course of the show we witness the politics of music unfold, with battles between the legal players, the creatives and even therapists for a piece of the pie.

Ifans (and now Chaplin) was set to play record producer Bernard in the production, but his departure won’t stop people from seeing some familiar faces at the Old Vic, with Doctor Who actor Jemma Redgrave still playing the role of Vanessa alongside Neil Stuke, Kurt Egyiawan, Pip Carter and Seána Kerslake.

Rhys Ifans is well known to audiences around the world for his films roles, which includes blockbusters like The Amazing Spider-Man, and Richard Curtis hits like The Boat That Rocked and Notting Hill, though he also appeared in the recent A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic.

Chaplin is no stranger to stage and screen roles of course, having appeared in Consent at the National Theatre and films like Snowden.

The Old Vic Theatre is currently the home of Fanny & Alexander, based on Ingmar Bergman’s film, and Mood Music is set to follow it in April. This year also brings shows like A Monster Calls, based on the children’s book of the same name, and Sylvia before 2019 is upon us.

So audiences can catch Mood Music when it runs at the Old Vic Theatre in Lambeth from Wednesday 2nd May 2018 (with previews from Saturday 21st April 2018) to Saturday 16th June 2018.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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