By Adam Hetrick
26 Aug 2013
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The audio drama, which incorpoprates music from the album, features Olivier Award-winning actor Iwan Rheon and Amaka Okafor in the two leading roles, as well as Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell and Adrian Scarborough.
Billed as a "fantastical and psychedelic" story, the hour-long piece celebrates the 40th anniversary release of the rock album. It is billed as a dramatic examination of the album's themes of "conflict, greed and madness" that "takes listeners on a journey through their imaginations."
The BBC reports that Stoppard had initially been approached to author a play based on the album in the early 1970's.
Stoppard is a four-time Tony Award winner for his plays The Coast of Utopia, The Real Thing, Travesties and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. His works for the stage also include Rock 'n' Roll, Arcadia, The Invention of Love, Jumpers, Artist Descending a Staircase and Night and Day. Stoppard won an Academy Award for "Shakespeare in Love." He has also penned the screenplay for "Anna Karenina" and the television series "Parade's End" in recent years.
Watch a sneak peek below: