Mojo

Play by Jez Butterworth. 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.

Original London Production 1995 at the Royal Court Theatre

Original West End London Production 1996 at the Duke of York's Theatre

1st West End London Revival at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Jez Butterworth's London theatre credits include Jerusalem.


Original London Production 1995 at the Royal Court Theatre

Previewed 14 July 1995, Opened 18 July 1995, Closed 26 August 1995 at the Royal Court Theatre

The cast featured Matt Bardock as 'Sweets', David Westhead as 'Mickey', Hans Matheson as 'Silver Johnny', Tom Hollander as 'Baby', Andy Serkis as 'Potts', and Aidan Gillen as 'Skinny'.

Directed by Ian Rickson, with designs by Ultz, lighting by Ultz and Mark Ridler, music by Stephen Warbeck, and sound by Paul Arditti.


Original West End London Production 1996 at the Duke of York's Theatre

Previewed 10 October 1996, Opened 16 October 1996, Closed 16 November 1996 at the Royal Court Theatre at the Duke of York's Theatre

The cast featured Callum Dixon as 'Sweets', Simon Kunz as 'Mickey', Daniel Newman as 'Silver Johnny', Paul Reynolds as 'Baby', Neil Stuke as 'Potts', and Darren Tighe as 'Skinny'.

Directed by Ian Rickson, with choreography by Quinney Sacks, designs by Ultz, lighting by Ultz and Mark Ridler, music by Stephen Warbeck, and sound by Paul Arditti.


1st West End London Revival at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Previewed 26 October 2013, Opened 13 November 2013, Closed 8 February 2014 at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London

A major revival of Jez Butterworth's award-winning 1995 play Mojo in London starring Rupert Grint and Ben Whishaw

The cast featured Rupert Grint as 'Sweets', Brendan Coyle as 'Mickey', Tom Rhys Harries as 'Silver Johnny', Ben Whishaw as 'Baby', Daniel Mays as 'Potts', and Colin Morgan as 'Skinny'.

Directed by Ian Rickson, with designs by Ultz, lighting by Charles Balfour, music by Stephen Warbeck, and sound by Simon Baker.

Brendan Coyle's London theatre credits include the roles of 'Tilden' in Matthew Warchus' revival of Sam Shepard's Buried Child at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in 2004; and 'Brendan' in Ian Rickson's production of Conor McPherson's The Weir, for the Royal Court Theatre, at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1997, and transfer to the Duke of York's Theatre in 1998.

Ben Whishaw's London stage credits include the roles of 'Peter Llewelyn Davies' in Michael Grandage's production of John Logan's Peter and Alice at the Noel Coward Theatre 2013; and 'John' in James Macdonald's production of Mike Bartlett's Cock the Play at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 2009.

Daniel Mays's London theatre credits include the roles of 'Aston' in Matthew Warchus' revival of Harold Pinter's Caretaker at the Old Vic Theatre in 2016; and 'Jake' in Bijan Sheibani's revival of Harold Pinter's Moonlight at the Donmar Warehouse in 2011.

Colin Morgan's London stage credits include the roles of 'Ariel' in Jeremy Herrin's revival of William Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 2013; and 'Esteban' in Tom Cairns' production of Samuel Adamson's stage adaptation of Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother at the Old Vic Theatre in 2007.

"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

Mojo in London at the Harold Pinter Theatre previewed from 26 October 2013, opened on 13 November 2013 and closed on 8 February 2014.