The Old Vic Theatre has announced the actor will star in the upcoming production of Joe Penhall’s exploration of the dark side of the music business.
‘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 a top London recording studio, a young songwriter, her producer, their lawyers and psychotherapists go to battle over who owns a hit song.
‘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.’
Directed by Roger Michell, Joe Penhall’s (Sunny Afternoon, Blue/Orange) play is an examination of the darker side of the music industry and is set to star Rhys Ifans as Bernard.
Rhys Ifans can currently be seen at the Old Vic, starring as Scrooge in Jack Thorne’s new adaptation of A Christmas Carol directed by Matthew Warchus. His other stage credits include: Protest Song, Volpone, Under Milk Wood (National Theatre); Don Juan in Soho, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Bad Finger (Donmar Warehouse) and Beautiful Thing (Duke of York’s Theatre).
Playing at the theatre from the 21st April, the production’s creative team is set to include: set designs by Hildegard Bechtler, costume design by Dinah Collins, lighting by Rick Fisher and sound by John Leonard.
Mood Music will play at the Old Vic Theatre from the 21st April until the 16th June 2018. To book tickets click here or visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, See Tickets.com, Last Minute.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com and Encore Tickets.