Radiohead's Thom Yorke Will Compose Original Music for Clive Owen's Broadway Debut

News   Radiohead's Thom Yorke Will Compose Original Music for Clive Owen's Broadway Debut Thom Yorke, lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter for the three‐time Grammy Award‐winning alternative rock band, Radiohead, will compose original music for the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times, which opens on Broadway this fall.

Directed by Tony winner Douglas Hodge, the cast will be led by the previously reported Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Clive Owen, who will play the role of Deeley. Owen will be joined by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Eve Best as Anna and Olivier Award nominee Kelly Reilly as Kate.

Old Times begins previews Sept. 17 prior to an official opening Oct. 6 at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre.

Hodge released a statement saying, “The music Thom has written for Old Times gives an immediacy and a ‘now‐ness’ to the show. The play itself is about memory and love—Thom’s music works backwards and forwards and plays with time and repetition in the same way Pinter does. In true Thom Yorke‐style, the music is epic, heartbreaking, irresistible and complex. I’m hopeful this collaboration will result in a new kind of theatergoer coming to our show.”

Yorke, who also plays keyboards in Radiohead, issued a statement saying “It’s been a pleasure working with Doug on my first stage production. I’ve enjoyed exploring through music the script’s themes of love and memory as well as Pinter’s rhythms, twists and turns.” The U.K.-based Radiohead has released eight albums since its formation in 1985, including "Pablo Honey" (1993) and "OK Computer" (1997), selling more than 30 million units worldwide. On his own, Yorke has released two solo albums, most recently "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" in 2014.

He is the second major composer to announce he will compose music for a Broadway show this season; Philip Glass will compose a score for the upcoming spring 2016 revival of The Crucible.

Clive Owen
Clive Owen

Best returns to Broadway following her Tony-nominated turns in The Homecoming, directed by Daniel Sullivan, and Moon for the Misbegotten opposite Kevin SpaceyReilly has twice been nominated for Olivier Awards. In 2004 she was nominated in the category of Best Actress for After Miss Julie at the Donmar Warehouse, and in 2008 was again nominated for Best Actress for her portrayal of Desdemona in Othello.

The design team includes Christine Jones (sets), Constance Hoffman (costumes), Japhy Weideman (lighting) and Clive Goodwin (sound).

Old Times, according to the Roundabout, is described as "the unsettling drama of desire and blurred realities by Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter. Owen is Deeley, a man quite looking forward to meeting Anna, his wife Kate’s friend from long ago. But as the night goes on, Anna’s visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle for power. Douglas Hodge, a frequent performer and director of Pinter’s works, directs the haunting and passionate revival."

Roundabout has a longstanding relationship with Harold Pinter, having produced ten productions of his work since 1971, the most recent of which was The Caretaker starring Patrick Stewart, Kyle MacLachlan and Aidan Gillen (2003).

For ticket information visit roundabouttheatre.org or call (212) 719-1300.

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