Previewed 26 October 2013, Opened 13 November 2013, Closed 8 February 2014 at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London
The first West End revival of Jez Butterworth's award-winning 1995 play Mojo in London starring Rupert Grint, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Coyle and Daniel Mays.
Set against the fledgling rock'n'roll scene of 1950s Soho, this savagely funny play delves into the sleazy underworld and power games of London's most infamous district.
The cast for Mojo in London features Brendan Coyle as 'Mickey', Rupert Grint as 'Sweets', Daniel Mays as 'Potts', Ben Whishaw as 'Baby', Colin Morgan as 'Skinny' and Tom Rhys Harries. It is directed by Ian Rickson who also directed the original 1995 production at the Royal Court. Brendan Coyle's acting credits include the role of of valet 'John Bates' in the ongoing television series Downton Abbey. Rupert Grint's is best known for playing the 'Ron Weasley' in the Harry Potter sesries of films. Daniel Mays recently played 'Ronnie Biggs' in the 2012 television drama Mrs Biggs and the role of 'Eddie' in the 2011 film Made in Dagenham. Ben Whishaw was most recently seen on stage in London's West End playing the role of 'Peter Llewelyn Davies' in Peter and Alice (Noel Coward Theatre 2013), his other credits include playing 'Q' in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall and playing 'Freddie Lyon' in the 2011-12 television drama series The Hour. Jez Butterworth's recent award-winning play Jerusalem was originally seen at the Royal Court Theatre before transferring to London's West End Apollo Theatre for two sell out seasons in 2010 and 2012. PLEASE NOTE: Parental Advisory: Explicit Language and Adult Themes
"There are some fine, not to mention gruesome, comic sequences in Ian Rickson's starry production. Daniel Mays and Rupert Grint make a splendid double act as Potts and Sweets, two pill-popping club employees in danger of becoming submerged in the ambient moral murk. And rarely have toffee apples been coated with such menace as when Ezra's son, Baby, starts handing them out as gifts. But ultimately the play's barrage of gags undercuts its power as drama - the final revelation of responsibility and guilt doesn't seem to matter much. Amid all the bad language, random violence and suggested sexual degeneracy in this womanless world, only the chilling death of Skinny (brilliantly performed by Colin Morgan) significantly raises the moral and emotional stakes." The London Metro
"Mojo is the gripping, often horribly shocking, gangland thriller that announced Jez Butterworth in 1995 as an outrageous talent, obviously influenced by Harold Pinter and David Mamet, and yet refreshingly original. The pace and texture of his dazzling dialogue, visceral and vaudevillian, makes you laugh and shudder simultaneously... Baby, the most obviously psychotic character, whose abuse by his father has made him an abuser of substances and other people - like the rest of these exceptionally scary and exceptionally scared, but completely compelling, characters. The play loses its way moments before the end and leaves one feeling one's been taken for a ride. But thanks to Ian Rickson's spectacularly well performed revival, it couldn't be more exhilarating while it lasts." The Mail on Sunday
"The dirty heart of old Soho, 1958. In an office with three jukeboxes and a cutlass, men in squeaky tailoring look to exploit a teen pop sensation. It's clover, but then everything goes a bit honky-tonk. People get cuffy; you find the boss severed in the bins. There's bravura all over the shop in Jez Butterworth's scabrous 1995 comedy, scrupulously revived by Ian Rickson and a platinum cast... Mojo is a young gun's play, written with a dazzle pen, full of masculinist swagger and homoerotic frets. Yeah, it goes on a bit, and is shallower than it hopes, but it nails boy-talk and its terrors." The Sunday Times
Originally staged by Ian Rickson at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square in July 1995 where it opened to critical acclaim and run for two months winning both the Olivier Award for 'Best New Comedy' and the Evening Standard Theatre Award for 'Most Promising Playwright'. While the Royal Court's home base in Sloane Square was being completely refurbished they took over the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End where a series of plays where presented under the 'Royal Court' banner, including the re-cast return of Mojo for a short four week sell-out season in October 1996. A film version, with a screenplay by Jez Butterworth, was released in 1998.
Mojo in London at the Harold Pinter Theatre previewed from 26 October 2013, opened on 13 November 2013 and closed on 8 February 2014.